Industrial workers are at the heart of America’s economy producing much of the food we eat and many of the goods we use every day. This broad category includes workers in the agricultural industry, workers involved in the mining and refining of coal, oil, and gas, construction workers, and those who work in manufacturing. Industrial workers with jobs in manufacturing produce a wide range of products such as cars, chemicals, food, furniture, metal and machinery, paper, and textiles.
The injuries that befall industrial workers on the job are as varied as the types of work they are engaged in.
Many of the injuries suffered by industrial workers are entirely preventable through compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety protocols and procedures, thorough training of workers, and use of personal protective gear. While most employers try to maintain a safe workplace, some are more concerned with meeting production targets than worker safety. Responsible employers use the following methods to minimize the risk of injury to their workers.
Because industrial workers often do physically taxing work, it is crucial that they have a safe environment in which to work and are not pushed to their physical limits and the point of injury. Workers have rights and do not have to labor in dangerous conditions. If you observe serious hazards at work, report them to your employer or file a complaint with OSHA.
In Pennsylvania, workers who do suffer an injury on the job have access to Workers’ Compensation benefits that cover all medical costs, lost wages, disfigurement, and partial or total disabilities. Families who have lost a loved one can receive death benefits. If your injury was caused by defective equipment, you can also file a third-party personal injury claim. Contact an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer who can assist you in filing your claim and maximize the benefits you receive.
Whether you are filing a claim for an injury or your existing benefits are being challenged, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Call Gross & Kenny, LLP today at 267-589-0090 and schedule your free consultation. You can also complete our online contact form. We are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients throughout the state.