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Common Worksite Injuries & How To Manage Them

In a perfect world, no one would ever get hurt on the job; unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Here at Goodman Elbassiouni LLP – specializing in personal injury cases in the GTA – we wish that everyone was always compensated fairly when they suffered a workplace injury. Although the WSIB does a pretty good job of assessing workplace injuries on a case by case basis, they are a human organization and thus, prone to human error.

Workplace injuries range from things as serious as spinal cord and brain injuries from falling off of scaffolding or being struck by a heavy, falling item, to subtle injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI), heatstroke or respiratory issues from inhaling industrial chemicals or fumes. While managers and bosses will sometimes tell you that a little discomfort is no big deal, don’t listen to them. Always keep notes and report even the subtlest symptoms to your doctor. Being a team player and looking out for your own well-being (and the well-being of your family) are not mutually exclusive endeavours. If you suffer a work related injury, always report it the WSIB immediately. Additionally, it is your manager’s responsibility to report employee’s injuries to the WSIB.

Here are a few examples of common workplace accidents that may require you to find a workers compensation lawyer you can trust:

Malfunctioning Equipment

Between forklifts, nail guns, cranes and jackhammers, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Responsible construction companies will provide some sort of work safety training, whether they do it in house or outsource it to a course run by the government. Beyond knowing how to use equipment properly, workers should also understand that equipment itself doesn’t always work properly. Heavy, industrial equipment should be serviced once in a while and inspected every time that it’s used. Encourage others to follow best practices to avoid unnecessary workplace injuries. Sometimes malfunctioning equipment can result in product liability – where the manufacturer is partially to blame for the accident.

Crushed Betweens & Backovers

These kinds of accidents are usually the result of neglect on the part of the supervisor or manager on duty. Any use of a motor vehicle should be accompanied by a spotter to make sure that nobody ends up in harms way. On a noisy construction site, it can be difficult to hear a vehicle approaching at times, especially if you’re wearing protective gear on your head or over your ears. These cases can be tricky depending on who is driving the vehicle, and often a good deal of rehabilitation is required. Even after a long path to recovery, sometimes right to work disputes can arise, which prolongs the period of suffering, anger and blame.

Over-exertion, Sun Stroke & RSI

Often a foreman or supervisor will encourage crews to “push-through” or “man-up”, but this type of macho bullying is out dated. Studies have proven that a well rested crew works better, so pushing yourself for one day will ultimately not make the job go faster in the long run. At worst, it will make for sloppy work and a higher rate of injuries, especially if it’s hot outside.

If you need reputable slip and fall lawyers on your side or if you are injured at work or in an automobile accident, Goodman Elbassiouni LLP is here for you. Call us today for a free consultation!


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