On-the-job injuries high risk for engineers

The responsibility of managing health and safety in the workplace falls upon many people. Employers, for example, must provide proper training and safety equipment to their employees, as well as maintain a safe working environment. The workers themselves must also adhere to safety regulations and company policies that may pertain to health and safety in the workplace. In certain industries, such as engineering, the risk of on-the-job injuries is high.

With a strong commitment mindset from management and willingness to comply with regulations from employees, engineers can minimize health and safety risks on the job. However, if you suffer an injury in the workplace as an engineer, it’s important to know how to navigate the workers’ comp system and to know where to seek support if legal complications arise.

Lower risk for on-the-job injuries with checklists, permits and audits

Mandatory procedures and strict compliance are primary components to a safe working environment in the engineering industry. Leaders can use sign-off sheets, checklists and inspections to ensure the use of all available precautions before dangerous work takes place. Even with preventative measures, if you’re an engineer, you’re at risk for on-the-job injuries like the ones included in the following list:

  • Electrocution
  • Chemical burns and injuries caused by fire
  • Broken bones, spinal cord and brain injuries from falling from great heights
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Entrapment, crushing and amputation injuries from machinery accidents

Severe on-the-job injuries may prevent you from being able to carry out your workplace duties, either temporarily or permanently. Benefits collected through workers’ compensation can provide financial relief during recovery.

Don’t be afraid to voice health and safety concerns

You should have no fear of reprisal for speaking up about a health or safety concern in the workplace. When workers report their concerns, it gives employers an opportunity to address the issues and improve workplace safety. You might consider asking your employer to set up an anonymous reporting system, which can help employees feel more comfortable when voicing their concerns.

Engineering is a dangerous industry where on-the-job injuries occur often. If you have suffered an injury at work, you’ll want to report it to your employer as soon as possible. From there, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. If you encounter obstacles within the system or receive a denial on your claim, you should not hesitate to reach out for additional support to file an appeal.

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