According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 people died in Pennsylvania in 2014 in manufacturing accidents. Of those who died, almost 36 percent of them were killed by machinery and other objects.
In fact, manufacturing was the fifth most dangerous industry in the state of Pennsylvania in 2013. When manufacturing employees are injured on the job in Philadelphia or other parts of the state, they are eligible for workers’ compensation, but getting that compensation can be complicated and confusing.
Remove the stress associated with getting the compensation you deserve by contacting the workers’ compensation attorneys at Lundy Law.
There are many causes of manufacturing accidents and some of them are due to human error. The most common cause of most manufacturing accidents is failure to adhere to safety procedures. This may be on the part of an employee who disregards procedures put in place to protect them or the company who attempts to save money or time by not providing proper safety gear.
There have been instances where a manufacturing employee has been injured when they are distracted, either by another employee or outside factors that may be affecting their attention.
Improper training is another factor that can lead to accidents as well as improper maintenance on equipment.
Almost every type of injury has been reported in the manufacturing industry. Workers’ comp insurance claims have been filed for burns, broken bones and lacerations that occurred while employees were working.
The injuries that can be sustained in manufacturing accidents may be life-threatening or debilitating. In August 2014, an employee at a manufacturing firm suffered severe leg injury while working on a machine, requiring emergency transfer to a local hospital.
In July 2015, an employee lost three fingers when a press brake machine dropped on his right hand. In that incident, the Montgomeryville company was fined almost $1 million for repeated violations of safety standards. Other injuries that have occurred in the manufacturing industry include:
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• Toxic exposure illnesses
• Spinal cord injuries
• Skin disorders
• Respiratory problems
• Hearing loss
• Vision loss
Injuries from manufacturing accidents can be severe and life-threatening. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a manufacturing accident in Philadelphia or other area of Pennsylvania, or if a loved one has died of injuries they received in a manufacturing accident, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have.
We can help you file your workers’ compensation claim and guide you through the process to be sure you get the justice you deserve. You can arrange for your initial consultation by completing our simple form or giving us a call at 1-800 Lundy Law.