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Fifteen hundred pounds of pineapples fell on a warehouse worker in an unusual workplace accident May 22, CBS News reported. The 39-year-old worker was reported in stable condition.
No other details were immediately available about this industrial accident in Jersey City, N.J.
There are many ways a worker can be injured on the job. Most ways are not as unusual as being hit by fruit. Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries in 2011, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:
Overexertion in lifting or lowering: This has consistently been one of the top causes of workplace injury.
Falls on the same level: This mostly pertains to falls on wet or slippery floors, or on ice.
Fall to a lower level: These falls typically occur when a worker is performing job-related tasks from elevated areas such as scaffolds, ladders, or rooftops.
Transportation incidents: According to the BLS, more fatal work injuries resulted from these incidents than any other event in 2011. Roadway incidents, including collisions, accounted for the greatest number of these fatalities.
Machinery accidents: Most accidents involving machinery are caused by defective or improperly maintained machines, or inadequate training in their use.
Repetitive motion: Repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and are one of the largest sources of workers’ compensation claims in the U.S.
Work-related injuries may include back and neck injury, fractures, spinal cord injury, amputations, heat burns, wrist injury, head injuries, and even death.
After being hurt in an accident on the job, a worker should notify his or her employer. The worker should also obtain medical treatment before applying for workers’ compensation benefits.
Under the workers’ compensation system of New York State, employees injured on a worksite are entitled to medical care and weekly benefits for job-related injuries.
While workers are not required to have a New York personal injury lawyer to file for workers’ compensation, it is in an injured worker’s best interests to have one. A lawyer knows what steps to take to make sure a claim is filed correctly and can help a worker receive full benefits for the workplace accident.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have 30 years of experience advising on the workers’ compensation process. Lawyers at The Firm evaluate benefits, negotiate fair compensation, and help with claims from beginning to end.