Accident type: Overexertion accidents; slip and fall injuries; contact with unsafe equipment
• Sprains or strains, especially of the back
• Multiple Traumatic Injuries
Occupations: Any occupation can apply. Work injuries can occur in high-risk occupations such as labor and freight moving, truck driving and nursing.
Treatment: Varies, but often requires time away from work
Related topics: Workers’ compensation, personal injury, slip and fall, welding, construction site accidents
Under the 1970 federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and various state laws, employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment, including one that is free of foreseeable accidents. Only the self-employed and some public employees are not protected by workplace safety laws, which are administered by OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and state agencies. When workers are injured or develop health conditions on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation payments, regardless of who is at fault. The payments, administered through the states, allow workers to take the time off work necessary to recover without financial hardship. Depending on the circumstances, a worker may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third-party contractor.
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Employment Accidents — An Overview
Three Department of Labor (DOL) agencies have responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the laws enacted to protect the safety and health of workers. These are the Occupational Safety and Health ( OSH ) Act, the Mine Safety and Health Administration ( MSHA ) and the Fair Labor Standards Act ( FLSA ), which contains rules concerning the employment of workers under the age of 18. Almost every state has a workers’ compensation department, the benefits under which vary from state to state.