In an attempt to improve work safety conditions, many warehouse owners in Oregon and across the U.S. may do nothing more than assert the existing standards without regard to individual employees. It can be difficult to apply a standard when 35% of all workplace injuries are because of poor ergonomic practices.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 work-related fatalities in 2018 whereas there were 5,147 in 2017. This comes to an increase of 2%. However, the fatality rate was the same 3.5% per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Oregon residents should know that the National Safety Council has cited these and other findings in a recent statement to employers.
According to data maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the injury rate for full-time warehouse workers is the same as for farmers at 5.1 injuries per 100 workers. Additionally, the number of warehouse work-related fatalities doubled from 11 to 22 each year over the course of only two years, from 2015 to 2017. The reasons behind the increased risk of warehouse injuries in Oregon and across the country might be attributed to the rapidly increasing pace of warehouse jobs.
Many workers in Oregon feel exhausted by their job to the point where they can no longer concentrate on it and carry out their duties professionally. They may regard their job in a mentally distant way and hold negative or cynical thoughts about it. These symptoms suggest a condition called burnout, and according to the World Health Organization, it is now diagnosable.
Employers in Oregon are required to adhere to regulations created and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and there may be high prices to pay when regulations are ignored. An industrial contractor and a petroleum refining company have been ordered to pay fines of $106,080 after an employee died while working in an enclosed space. The employer was in violation of OSHA regulations because it did not secure a confined space in which work was being performed.
Whether a person works in an industry that is inherently dangerous or in an office setting, a workplace accident or illness could occur in almost any work environment in Oregon and elsewhere. It is not always apparent that a person is suffering from a medical condition that was caused by the workplace. In these matters, it is important for workers to consider their rights and options when it comes to securing workers' compensation to address the harms and damages caused by a workplace incident.
For workers in Oregon and elsewhere, it can be extremely detrimental to miss work. While individuals can get sick and injured at work, requiring days off to recover, many of them suffer serious injuries that require extended leaves and ongoing medical care. This can be financially disruptive. The inability to work means the inability to make an income; thus, causing financial problems. An injured worker's financial stability can be even further shaken when medical bills begin to pile up. In these matters, workers' compensation can be an extremely valuable benefit.
No matter the type of industry an individual works in, there are always some risks associated with a job. This is true even if an employee works in an office and sits at a desk. However, for some workers, the risks of injuries are much greater. Due to the dangers associated with certain positions, workers are at a greater risk of being harmed while carrying out their duties at work.
Workplace accidents are unfortunately common all across the nation. Here in Oregon workers from diverse industries are exposed to hazardous work conditions that result in injuries, illnesses, and lost wages. When workers suffer harm on the job, they may elect to seek compensation for their losses from their employers.
An on the job injury can be a devastating event for an Oregon worker. While some accidents may result in minor forms of harm, others may cause serious and even debilitating losses to those who suffer them. In the wake of a workplace injury, it is important a victim knows what to do so that they may protect their right to receive workers' compensation.