You may be surprised to learn that federal data shows that more than 1 in 14 poultry processing workers suffer from injuries on the job. That is much higher than other jobs around the state. That is why OSHA stepped in earlier this year and launched a Regional Emphasis Program in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri in an effort to “combat musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic problems among at-risk poultry workers.”
First, OSHA is focused on making sure that employers’ facilities are compliant with federal safety and health standards.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that the poultry industry is dangerous, but it is certainly not the only industry in which workers get injured. In fact, all jobs pose hazards to workers. It is how employers work to prevent injuries and how they handle the aftermath that makes the difference.
If you need a Kansas City workplace injury lawyer, you can count on our team to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us that there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported last year. If we take a close look at some of the injuries that cause people to miss days of work, we see the following:
- General soreness or pain
- Cuts, lacerations, or punctures
- Sprains, strains, or tears
They also say the top three events that cause injuries are:
- Overexertion (34%)
- Contact with objects and equipment (25%)
- Slips, trips, and falls (25%)
If we look at these injuries, we quickly see that they are not industry specific. Anyone in any job can sustain a workplace injury. We know that many of these injuries are easily visible because they are usually related to a trauma.
However, there are many occupational injuries that are not noticed until as much as years down the line. These injuries can be repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome that develop over time. Anyone who works a job that has them performing the same motions over and over again is susceptible to a RSI.
Is There Retaliation?
We know that many people choose not to report work injuries because they fear their employer will retaliate against them. This can come in the form of:
- Losing out on promotions
- Getting demoted
- Being reassigned to a less desirable job
- Getting fired
What Are Your Options
Regardless of what industry you work in, you should be able to expect a safe working environment. Much of that has to do with the duty of your employer to provide the proper equipment and training for you to do your job.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a work injury and you are having trouble getting it covered by workers compensation, you need to seek legal assistance. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we will work diligently to secure the funding you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include coverage for your medical bills and lost income as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Kansas City work injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.