Maintenance Worker Injuries
Grounds maintenance workers face an increased risk of on-the-job injuries compared with other employees. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are 1.52 million persons employed as grounds maintenance workers in the U.S., which means they make up 1.0% of the workforce. However, they account for 3.4% of worker injuries in the U.S.
Between the years of 2003 and 2008, there were more than 1,100 workplace fatalities among grounds maintenance workers. This averages out to about 190 fatalities per year, which is a dramatic increase from the 101 fatalities per year the ten years prior. Along with high fatality rates, maintenance workers suffer high non-fatal injury rates. Although fatal injuries seem to be on the rise, non-fatal injuries have seen a mild decline. However, there are still around 20,000 serious injuries per year among maintenance workers.
Common Causes of Maintenance Worker Injuries
There are many ways in which grounds maintenance workers can be injured on the job. Some of the most common include:
- Transportation accidents
- Equipment accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Water accidents
- Mechanical accidents
- Injuries involving trees, mostly because of falling limbs
While 17% of grounds maintenance workers who were injured were only unable to work for 1 day, another 17% could not return to work for 31 days or more. The median amount of time off due to injury for grounds maintenance workers was 5 days.
If you are a grounds maintenance worker and you were injured while on the job, you very well may need time off from work to recuperate. Some employers assist workers in filing for workers’ comp benefits, but often this is left to the individual, and can be a timely and complicated process. Call the Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at 919-851-3311 to begin work on your case today.