The National Safety Council submitted a 2017 investigative report stating that 99.7% of manufacturing workplace injuries are non-fatal. These are injuries include sprains, strains, tears, cuts, lacerations, punctures, soreness, pain, fractures, bruises and contusions.
Blue-collar workers and manufacturing workplace injuries
Blue-collar workers who work in warehouses, professional drivers who transport goods, food handlers and those in other supply chain industries are significantly impacted by workplace injuries. Even with the best safety practices, injuries still occur. These injuries occur during the regular performance of duties.
Workers who use heavy machinery, such as forklifts, are often at risk for injury. Workers can get hurt if their clothing gets caught in a machine, they suffer overexertion from overtime or lack proper safety training. Fortunately, if an injury occurs, workers’ compensation is available to assist the employee and their family during the recovery process.
What happens when companies don’t pay for workplace injuries
Employers can refuse to pay workers’ compensation if they believe the injury was no fault of the company. In cases where horseplay or other non-work-related activity results in injuries, employers think that they have the right to refuse to pay in those circumstances. There are times when the work-related injury is compensable, and the employer will still refuse to pay. Here are a few things you should do if you are injured on the job:
- Report the injury to your employer immediately if you are able. If you’re severely injured and not able to speak, then report the injury as soon as you can.
- Every state has laws relating to workplace injuries. You have the right to file a claim regardless of your employer’s position on the matter.
- If you are seen, treated and released back to work by a physician, then you should return to work.
- If your employer refuses to allow you back to work without cause, you may want to seek legal advice.
Workplace injuries don’t have to be handled alone. Fear of losing your job and not being able to feed your family is frightening. Having an attorney who practices workers’ compensation law could help you build a strong workers’ comp claim.