On any given day a worker could suffer personal injury, disability or wrongful death from workplace incidents. While the number of workplace injuries have declined over the last decade, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking a tougher line with employers and says too many injuries go unreported. “We don’t believe most accidents happen because workers are careless,” says Jordan Barab, a deputy assistant secretary at OSHA. “They happen because there are unsafe conditions in the workplace.”
Some of the most common causes of workplace related accidents include OSHA violations, improper training or procedures, missing or improper safety devices, falling objects, slip and falls or trip and falls, falling from ladders or on stairways, and vehicle accidents.
Just recently, a Publix employee died in a forklift accident where he was crushed and later died of his injuries. This was Publix’s seventh area warehouse fatality at its South Florida distribution centers. OSHA is currently investigating the accident and has started coming down hard on Publix for a variety of safety violations.
To continue to combat violations of workplace safety violations, on June 18, 2010, OSHA instituted the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). For a period of time Publix was on the SVEP list, but not at time of the latest workplace incident. SVEP focuses its efforts on “recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.”
Thousands of employees experience work-related injuries or illnesses every year. In 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics records, in Florida, there were more than 225 workplace fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been in a workplace, business or construction site accidents and suffered an injury or death, due to the negligence of an employer or third-party at a job site or workplace, you have the right to pursue a civil law suit. Contact the workplace accident attorneys of Farmer, Jaffe Weissing today.