There were 23,282 severe injuries reported to OSHA between January 2015 and April 2017. However, the true number of severe injuries during that period may be much higher according to the former assistant secretary for OSHA. Companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may be concerned about what could happen if they accurately report all severe injuries. For instance, they could be worried that an inspection will occur and uncover other safety violations.
Ultimately, companies can benefit by acknowledging severe injuries and deaths that take place in their warehouses or other work areas. By taking worker safety seriously, there may be fewer injuries and deaths to report in the future. There are several key steps that an organization can take to protect workers and minimize the chances of future accidents and injuries. First, it is important to thoroughly investigate the root causes of accidents that lead to employees getting hurt.
It is then critical to create protocols to fix any mistakes that could have caused them to happen. Companies will need to make sure that these adjustments are implemented properly and that a person or group is held accountable for that happening. The goal is to create a culture of safety within an organization that encourages employees or others within the company to report accidents as they occur.
A worker who is hurt on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This may provide the money needed to seek treatment for a head injury, back injury or any other ailment caused because of a workplace accident. Workers may also be entitled to a portion of lost wages while recovering from an injury or illness acquired while working. An attorney may be able to help an injured worker obtain a favorable outcome in a workers’ compensation case.