Most people who work in industrial jobs or manufacturing are very conscious that their jobs can be dangerous. In fact, fatalities are common — probably far more common than they should be.
For example, earlier in 2021, a 61-year-old worker was killed at a Melrose food manufacturing plant when he was crushed by a stack of wooden pallets that fell on top of him. This tragic incident reminds us all that work-related accidents can happen to anyone — even experienced workers.
Most common types of industrial accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its list of the four most common — and deadly — causes of industrial accidents. Being informed about the dangers that exist in the workplace can help with proactively avoiding them:
- Falls: Falls from heights both great and small cause injuries and deaths every year in many industries.
- Struck-by accidents: Being hit by a moving object — whether that’s a forklift or a piece of the assembly line — can easily be fatal.
- Caught-in or in-between accidents: Being caught in machinery or between moving objects can lead to tragedy.
- Eclectic shock: The risk of exposure to high voltage in a manufacturing setting is high.
These four categories of common causes of injuries and deaths are just the beginning of the potential harm workers could face in industrial and manufacturing jobs.
Workers’ compensation after an industrial accident
When workers are injured or killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can help the injured worker and/or their family move forward. Although the workers’ comp claims process is intended to be straightforward, every claim is unique and can face different challenges. Don’t allow your workers’ compensation claim to be unfairly denied.