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An Ounce of Accident Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cures

An Ounce of Accident Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cures

When it comes to work-related accidents, an ounce of accident prevention is always a better option than treatments. In Kansas and other states, employers have a duty of care to their employees that includes taking reasonable, proactive steps to prevent accidents in the workplace. Employers who do not adhere to regulatory requirements and industry-related guidelines negligently expose employees, customers, and contractors to injuries and wrongful deaths.

Workplace Injuries Are Common

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal work-related injuries in the United States. That rate represented just under three injuries per 100 full-time equivalent workers. In all, 888,220 workers suffered an injury that required at least one day away from work to recover. The median number of days required to recover across all industries was eight days.

Of course, the risk of non-fatal injuries varies by occupation. Workers involved in motor vehicle body and vehicle trailer manufacturing had accident rates of 6.3 per 100 workers. This was followed by four per 100 workers engaged in animal slaughtering and processing, and machine shop workers who had a rate of 3.1 per 100 full-time equivalent workers.

Further, nursing assistants, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, laborers, light truck drivers, and construction laborers continue to represent professions with the highest rates of injury requiring days away from work.

Employers Need To Take the Lead

Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees are properly trained and supervised. They must also ensure that safety procedures are adhered to at all times, and that the organization provides the appropriate safety equipment. Employers must also maintain a safe work environment which includes ensuring all equipment is properly maintained and that any defects or hazards within the work area are properly identified and corrected.

In fact, most workplace injuries occur because accident prevention protocols and safety procedures designed to protect employees from injury or wrongful death are ignored. This can include failing to ensure completion of required training programs, failure to update safety protocols, and failure to adhere to regulatory changes as they occur.

There are many common causes of injury and wrongful death that are universal to all industries. These include:

Each of these causes of personal injuries can be mitigated through the appropriate application of industry specific accident prevention strategies. These include training, provision of the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), supervision, and responsive repairs. Employers in Kansas and other states who chose not to take proactive steps to protect employees negligently place the health and safety of workers at risk.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a work-related injury attorney in Kansas. We represent clients pursuing personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and workers' compensation claims in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. If you can't come to us, we will come to you. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.