While it may be unexpected, those in the agriculture industry face more hazards than most when on the job. Farmers in Georgia and other states face many risks that may result in fatal or nonfatal injuries or illnesses.
Workplace Accidents Archives
Georgia construction workers might be interested to hear that accidents involving machines account for 35 percent of worksite injuries in the construction industry. According to authorities, machine accidents also cause 14 percent of worksite-related fatalities. While business owners are responsible for keeping the workplace safe, employees might also lower their risk of injury by taking certain precautions, authorities say.
Georgia workers might be surprised to know that approximately 20 percent of traumatic brain injuries are related to workplace accidents, according to authorities on the matter. Reportedly, these catastrophic accidents often occur when workers slip on wet floors, fall over uneven surfaces or collide with an object that is out of place. Although certain industries carry a higher risk for the sort of accident that results in a severe brain injury, even desk jobs are not immune to these incidents.
One of the most common work-related injuries a person could suffer is from lower back pain. One million workers, some of whom are in Georgia, suffer from this injury every year. It is so common, if fact, that the only illness that causes more lost work days is the common cold. The National Safety Council has released statistics showing that a fourth of all work-related injuries are related to overexertion, leading to a full 60 percent of reported lower back injuries.
A man was killed while working at the Kia Motors plant in West Point on Oct. 7. Kia officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.
A 24-year-old man was killed in an equipment accident in Dalton, Georgia, on Sept. 18 when a large piece of machinery fell on him. The man was working for Spartan Industrial Contracting moving and dismantling heavy machinery. They were contracting with Larue Properties at the time. The accident occurred on Larue Properties rental space owned by the Marketing Alliance Group. According to OSHA, this is the second time the Marketing Alliance Group has been investigated for work accidents since 2012. The company has stated that it will comply fully with the investigation.
The state of Georgia has established a no-fault workers' compensation system, meaning that people who suffer an injury at work are entitled to benefits without demonstrating fault or negligence on the part of the employer. Workplace accidents happen under widely varied circumstances, in all industries, but one thing they have in common is that they are never expected. Millions of people are injured at work every year, and many of them suffer under a financial burden unnecessarily.
After a camera assistant was killed during the filming of a Gregg Allman biopic in Georgia called 'Midnight Rider," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation and recently announced its findings. The female worker died in February after being struck by a train while helping to film a scene on a railroad track. Eight other workers suffered injuries during the workplace accident.
A fatality at the Cedar Springs facility of Georgia Pacific is under an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation. The death of a 63-year-old female worker happened around midnight on July 24.
Electric utility workers in Georgia and other states across the nation may soon have their activities regulated by a new federal law designed to reduce the number of fall-related workplace accidents and fatalities that occur each year. According to reports, electric and cellphone service providers commonly permit their lineworkers to climb to the top of tall towers without using safety harnesses, a practice known as "free climbing." While some firms have put a halt to the practice, the government will crack down on those that continue to employ such methods after April 2015.