A worker was recently killed during a fall at the Benson Power, LLC plant. The Benson, Minnesota police department reports that the man received emergency medical treatment and was taken to a nearby emergency room, but did not survive. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating exactly how the accident occurred.
Common Reasons Why Industrial Accidents Occur
There is no single reason why industrial accidents occur. Instead, there are many different reasons why these accidents happen. Some of the most common reasons for industrial accidents include:
- Defective materials or equipment.
- Improperly trained workers.
- Overworked employees.
- Unsafe working conditions.
These dangerous working conditions can lead to many different types of accidents including those involving defective machinery, explosions, falling objects, faulty scaffolding, gas exposure, inadequate safety equipment, and loading or unloading accidents.
Injuries Due to Industrial Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that some of the most common types of industrial injuries include the following:
- Amputations from defective machinery accidents.
- Asbestosis and mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos.
- Burns from chemicals and electrical accidents.
- Decompression accidents from workers who operate in pressured underwater locations.
- Inhalation accidents from asbestos, chemicals, and other toxic materials.
- Repetitive stress injuries, which occur when workers do their jobs with repetitive movements.
- Spinal cord injuries from falling off ladders and scaffolding.
- Traumatic brain injuries from electrocutions, falls, and heavy equipment accidents.
- Wrongful deaths from explosions, falls from substantial heights, and a variety of other types of industrial accidents.
Advice to Avoid Workplace Accidents
There are some important steps that workers can take to avoid being harmed in industrial accidents:
- Allow Staff Access to Proper Equipment: Workers must be properly equipped to perform their jobs. This includes not just gear that can make sure the job is performed correctly but also adequate safety gear such as helmets and goggles.
- Keep Workspaces Clean: Unclean workplaces make it much harder for workers to maneuver and as a result there is a much greater risk that accidents will occur. For example, loose wires can result in tripping hazards. Keeping an area clean can greatly reduce the chance of accidents.
- Make Sure Vehicles are Maintained: For employers who require staff with vehicles, it is important to make sure that these vehicles are properly maintained so that the number of vehicular accidents can be greatly reduced.
- Report Accidents: Not only it is important to report any accidents that occur to employers, it is also important to report conditions that can result in accidents.
- Post Adequate Signs: Workers should make sure to post signs that remind employees of proper safety procedures, which can help to make sure that these safety practices are followed.
- Properly Train Staff: Staff must be properly instructed on how to perform their duties and minimize the chances of being harmed while on the job.
Obtain the Assistance of a Personal Injury Lawyer
Industrial accidents are serious and frequently require the assistance of seasoned legal counsel. The attorneys at our law firm have substantial experience helping the victims of industrial accidents obtain the compensation that they deserve. Contact attorneys Tim O’Keeffe, Tatum O’Brien or Sara Monson of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss today at 701-235-8000 or 877-235-8002 for assistance with your case.