It is the job of employers to ensure workers are operating in workplaces free of hazards. Many injuries in food manufacturing occur when employers neglect workplace safety regulations to reduce costs. Negligent employers may fail to utilize fall protection, machine guarding or other food processing safety equipment. In other cases, employers do not properly train workers. When employers cut corners, they are breaking the law. Under Ohio and federal laws, employers are required to provide their employees with safe workplaces.
The workers compensation attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC understand the risks faced by food manufacturing workers when employers neglect to provide safe working environments. Our firm has decades of experience helping Ohio workers who suffered serious injuries in food manufacturing file workers compensation, Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) claims as well as third party lawsuits. When you call us or submit a case review form on our site, we can review your case for free and offer advice on what your best options may be to gain the compensation you need to recover.
As one of the largest and most important industries in the United States, food and beverage manufacturing involves prepping and packaging our food, transporting livestock and moving products from warehouses to supermarket shelves. Unfortunately, food manufacturing workers are sometimes unfairly exposed to unsafe work environments that cause severe injuries or death on the job. A study from Emory University suggested workers in food manufacturing have injury rates that are 60 percent higher than other industries. The study also claimed that food manufacturing workers are 9.5 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries on the job. Many injuries in food manufacturing can be lessened with the implementation of adequate safety measures by employers. As with any industry dealing with heavy equipment and potentially dangerous goods, proper employee training on how to safely use machinery, perform their jobs in addition to employers putting in place proper workplace safety rules could help significantly reduce the number of injuries in food manufacturing jobs. However, production expectations and profits still lead to many food manufacturing workers suffering severe and fatal injuries due to employer negligence, defective machinery and other preventative accident at work causes.
From the assembly line to operating heavy machinery, workers in food manufacturing come into contact with many possible hazards when employers fail to provide safe working environments. Common injuries in food manufacturing include:
Many of these injuries require days, weeks or months away from work, which can result in loss wages and thousands of dollars in medical bills. In the worst case scenarios, workers may lose their lives, leaving many families with questions and without their main wage earner. In either case, workers comp and other legal action may provide compensation to help you and your family begin to move forward after severe or fatal workplace injuries threaten your livelihood.
A manufacturing employee injured by an unsafe workplace can benefit from filing workers compensation and possibly a VSSR claim for an additional financial award. Depending on the situation, there may be several options available to workers and their families to recover damages, such as filing a personal injury lawsuit against a non-employer responsible for an on-the-job industrial accident. Unlike workers compensation, third party claims do require workers to prove the negligence of the third party caused their injuries. However, a lawsuit against a third party can recover significant compensation not available in workers comp, such as pain and suffering damages. When you call one of our conveniently-located offices throughout Ohio, including law offices in Columbus, Zanesville, Shadyside and Newark, or fill out our online contact form, someone from our office will reach out to you and explain for free your ability to file for workers comp benefits, a VSSR claim or to seek additional compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Since 1929, our Columbus work injury attorneys have fought to ensure workers obtain the full benefits available to help them recover after workplace accidents. Call now to learn how we may be able to help you.
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