Work injuries occur under a wide variety of circumstances, ranging from
slips and falls to mechanical failures to explosions. Especially in jobs
like oil field work or construction, the risk of injury is a regular part
of the daily workload.
How dangerous is any given job? What are the specific risks, and how can
they be prevented or mitigated?
A new resource for workplace safety
Recently, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry
made public a new online portal for workplace health and safety.
The portal is worth visiting for a few reasons. It serves as a resource
for learning more about the occupational hazards in various jobs, whether
it's driving a truck or working in the Bakken oilfields. You can uncover
recent reports about workplace injuries and fatalities, and look up research
studies that shed light on various risk factors.
The portal also provides information on boosting health and safety in different
workplace environments. Empowered with this knowledge, employees will
ideally be able to better prevent accidents and realize if their employers
aren't providing them with adequate protective measures.
Contacting an attorney when you need to
Although initiatives such as the health portal can help prevent some accidents
and improve safety, workers still face risks on the job. Should you suffer
an accident, it's important to
contact a reputable attorney to review your case.
The accident may have been preventable, resulting from negligence or carelessness.
Regardless of the cause, you may not be sure where to turn to when coping
with medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Your attorney will
serve as your advocate, fighting for you to receive fair compensation
from insurance companies and from any parties responsible for the accident.