In Boston and across the country, safety experts say that workers are facing increased dangers on the job. In 2018, 5,250 people were killed at work, a 2% increase over the year before. Some jobs are more dangerous than others: Drivers, sales workers and truck drivers were most likely to face on-the-job fatalities as well as serious workplace accidents. In 40% of cases, workplace injuries were caused by car accidents, truck crashes and other transportation-related incidents.
Employers Can Do More
The National Safety Council urged employers to do more to improve workplace safety. They noted that some workplaces fail to live up to even the basic standards set in federal OSHA regulations, putting workers at greater risk for serious injuries. The organization also urged employers to implement serious safety planning, training and risk assessments in order to make serious incidents less likely.
Federal regulations often require employers to provide personal protective equipment, conduct safety training and appoint managers to oversee proper safety practices throughout a facility. Unfortunately, some companies cut corners in order to save money, but workers’ lives and health may be at stake as a result.
Your Rights to Workers’ Comp
If you have been injured on the job, you may not only contend with medical bills and the pain and symptoms of the injury itself. You may also be unable to work, especially if you are employed in trucking, construction or other injuries dependent on your physical strength and ability. Under Massachusetts law, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits like coverage for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses, regardless of who is at fault for the incident. Despite your legal rights, however, some insurance companies may attempt to deny your claim or minimize your expenses.
In many cases, you may not be able to pursue a personal injury claim against an employer if you also seek workers’ compensation. One thing to consider is that other parties like product manufacturers or general contractors may be at least partially responsible for the workplace accident. Experienced legal and medical advice may help you determine the best way forward to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.