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Why do workplace falls keep happening?

We have known for years that workplace falls are one of the biggest hazards on the job. They tend to cause more serious and fatal injuries than any other type of accident. They are worse in some occupations -- like construction -- than in others, but they are a risk almost everywhere.

And yet, even knowing this, falls keep happening. Many could be prevented with proper fall protection gear. Why is it that accidents won't stop? Below are a few reasons:

Officer suffers serious injuries in job-related car accident

In some cases, workers in Georgia and elsewhere may be able to reduce the odds of a job-related accident by strictly adhering to safety protocols and regulations. However, the safety of those who are required to operate a vehicle as a part of their job may also rest partly in the hands of other drivers. An on-the-job car accident can have a devastating impact on a person's well-being and the extensive costs of treatment that often accompany similar incidents could also bring about periods of financial strain.

An on-duty police officer has reportedly suffered severe injuries during a recent job-related car accident in another state. According to reports, the accident occurred as the officer was attempting to respond to reports of another accident. While traveling to the location of the crash with emergency sirens and lights activated, the officer's car was reportedly struck by another vehicle.

The possible causes and consequences of neck and back injuries

Suffering a serious injury while on the job can be a devastating experience. While some injuries may require only a short period of recovery, others could leave a person in Georgia with long-term pain and suffering, which could have a significant impact on one's life. Neck and back injuries can be some of the most painful and intense injuries a person could suffer, and these injuries can unfortunately take place under a variety of scenarios.

There are a multitude of situations in which a person could suffer a neck or back injury at work. Some of the most common causes of similar injuries include incidents stemming from overexertion, which could take place in virtually any workplace setting. Workers may also be at risk of suffering a similar injury in scenarios where repetitive actions are a necessity and the possible complications of a neck or back injury could affect one's ability to perform daily tasks substantially.

Repetitive stress injuries like HAVS can be debilitating

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all employers to inform employees of the health and safety hazards their jobs present. However, many industrial workers in Georgia and across the country are not warned about the risk of developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. HAVS is one of the preventable repetitive stress injuries that can cause long-term health problems.

The vibration of handheld power tools such as jackhammers, grinders, impact wrenches, chainsaws and others causes the injuries. Holding, shaking or vibrating objects frequently, or for extended periods, causes damage to the fine network of nerves and blood vessels in the arms, wrists and hands of workers. Intensive, repeated vibration also damages the arm, wrist joints and muscles.

Workplace accident leaves 1 with severe head injury

Performing job-related tasks on the side of a busy road can be hazardous, but for many construction workers in Georgia and elsewhere, it may also be part of the job. Even with safety barriers and signs in place to warn drivers of an upcoming construction zone, there is still some level of risk involved with operating near traffic. A recent workplace accident in which a vehicle struck the rear of a construction trailer has left several workers with injuries.

Law enforcement agents advised the incident took place at around 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday as a construction crew was attempting to fill in potholes in the area. According to reports, it occurred when the driver of a northbound truck suddenly slammed into the back of a parked construction vehicle that was towing a signal arrow trailer. The impact of the crash forced the second vehicle to hit a nearby worker, subsequently causing him to hit his head on a steel bucket.

On-the-job car accidents: Officer injured in late-night crash

A police officer reportedly suffered serious injuries in a recent motor vehicle accident that occurred as the officer was performing job-related duties at the site of a construction project in another state. Individuals in Georgia and elsewhere who suffer severe harm in on-the-job car accidents could face substantial financial hardships during recovery. While these injured workers may be eligible for relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, they might be uncertain how best to handle the situation.

The accident reportedly took place just after midnight on a recent Tuesday as the officer was performing surveillance at a construction site. Law enforcement agents say that another vehicle suddenly rammed the officer's patrol car from behind. The impact of the collision reportedly caused the officer to become trapped within the vehicle, and emergency responders were forced to extract the officer and rush the accident victim to a medical facility.

In a crash while on the job? Workers' compensation should help

You sometimes have to drive for work, and it just so happens that you were driving to get to a client's site when another vehicle T-boned you. You were hurt badly, and the emergency team rushed you to the hospital.

Today, you're unable to go back to work, but you're worried about making ends meet. With a concussion and several other injuries, there's just no chance that you can be on the job.

Common injuries suffered in on-the-job car accidents

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and scary process. Unfortunately, a similar incident can take place at any given moment, and the fallout of a collision could leave a person in Georgia with long-term or permanent injuries. Victims of on-the-job car accidents may suffer a variety of injuries, some of which could leave them facing a seemingly insurmountable hurdle of financial ramifications and a lengthy road to recovery.

While there are a multitude of injuries a person can suffer in a collision, some tend to be more prevalent than others. For instance, concussions are one of the most common accident injuries, and the symptoms of a similar injury may take time to manifest. Although some head injuries may lead to little more than short spells with dizziness, others may cause a person to develop issues with concentration or memory loss.

1 in critical condition following construction accident

Some workers in Georgia may find comfort in performing job-related duties alone, as it might help them stay more focused on the task at hand. However, there are certain risks involved with the absence of another party, as those who suffer an injury while working alone might not always be capable of reaching out for medical aid. A man was almost left alone after he fell three stories down an elevator shaft during a recent construction accident in another state.

According to reports, the incident took place at the site of a local home that was part of a group of buildings that was scheduled to undergo construction. Investigating officials say the man was painting the door of an elevator on the third floor of the building when he suddenly fell into the elevator shaft and proceeded to fall to the first floor. Although the man was working alone at the time, officials say that a co-worker had stopped by to pick up some equipment around the time of the incident.

On-the-job car accidents: Crash claims life of employee

Losing a loved one in a collision can be a traumatic experience, and while the emotional pain may ease with time, the financial challenges this could bring can leave a family in desperate need of relief. Families in Georgia who experience such loss in on-the-job car accidents may be eligible for such relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, but they may need guidance in navigating the process. A family in another state could be in search of advice following a recent crash that claimed the life of a 52-year-old woman.

According to reports, the incident took place just after 7 p.m. on a recent Friday. Although many of the details concerning how the accident took place remain unclear, initial investigations indicate that the driver of a pickup truck collided head-on with a nearby vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead soon thereafter, while the driver who caused the collision reportedly chose to flee the scene.

Verdicts And Settlements

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $275,000.00

    While operating the Employer's dump truck, the Employee suffered a fatal crush injury.

  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $205,000.00

    The Employee was involved in a work-related motor vehicle accident, sustaining injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as to the right hand.

  • Personal Injury
    Settlement in the amount of $175,000.00

    The Client suffered a complex leg fracture when a distracted driver suddenly veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with the Client.

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