Pedestrian Accident

Man Ran-over by Co-Worker

A man was hospitalized after he was run over by a co-worker in Snoqualmie early Thursday morning.

The man was getting into a truck when the driver mistakenly assumed he was already inside and started to drive away. Yet the passenger was still outside and was knocked over as the truck began to move. According to police reports, he was then dragged underneath the truck.

The victim was transported for treatment to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, for what appears to be, two broken legs.

View original news source: Man suffers broken legs after accidentally being driven over by a co-worker.

Work-related Injuries & Pedestrian Accidents Have Great Costs

Not to diminish the severity or import of the man who was run-over by his co-worker, but he is very lucky that his injuries were not more harrowing.

Unintentional injuries continue to be the fifth leading cause of death, exceeded only by heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke. Non-fatal injuries also affect millions of Americans. In 2013, 39 million people – about 1 out of 8 – sought medical attention due to non-fatal accidents. The economic impact of these fatal and non-fatal unintentional injuries amounted to $820.6 billion in 2013 alone. This is the equivalent of about $2,600 per capita, or about $6,700 per household. These costs are what every individual and household would pay directly out of pocket, through higher prices for goods and services, or in higher taxes.

Read more on National Safety Council Injury Facts

Workplace Accidents Innocent Mistakes Can Be Dangerous

Work-related injuries and accidents have huge human and economic impacts, not only for workers, but also their families, employers, and communities. Many people work in industries that are classified as dangerous, and the issue of workplace safety is rightfully at the forefront of many of their daily procedures and protocols. While workplace safety should be a concern in every industry, there are some jobs that inherently pose a greater risk for workplace accidents than others including construction, law enforcement, healthcare, and manufacturing.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), under the United States Department of Labor, was created to monitor and assure safer work environment and settings. They are also the organization that checks and holds employers accountable for enforcing safety standards in the workplace.  Since its formation in 1970, workplace injuries have drastically declined.

What are the Odds of a Pedestrian Accident in the Workplace?

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen more often than we would like but we typically don’t think of them as workplace accidents.  Especially in industries such as construction where workers and large vehicles are working on the roadways. These incidents and injuries still occur among America’s workers, regardless of safety standards. Incidence rates for nonfatal occupational injuries range from 1.5 per 100 full-time workers (office-style jobs) to 7.8 per 100 full-time workers (construction jobs). The types of injuries also varied depending on the job environment. With an array of possible occupational injuries, fractures only account for 7% of all reported non-fatal injuries.

Despite safety guidelines and detailed job descriptions, there is always the element of human misunderstanding or negligence. When a job requires an employee get behind the wheel, distracted driving is not just an issue outside of work. For liability and insurance purposes, the negligent driver is not the only one on the hook for damages.  This is one of the reasons some companies post “How’s my driving?” stickers on the backs of their vehicles, with a phone number to call.  Safe drivers benefit everyone–but especially their employer’s profits.

Our Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

Safety should not only be a matter of job security but a personal priority as well. In some cases, the greatest advocate for safety awareness will be the individual voicing their concerns or awareness of issues. It’s never easy to address concerns when financial gain or livelihood is at stake, but never take a safety for granted. Taking a moment to evaluate occupational hazards and personal safety could mean the difference between life and death. Addressing safety concerns can prevent unintentional injuries and long-lasting problems later.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, contact Fielding Law Group today, for a free consultation on your case. Getting compensation for work-related injuries and accidents require expert legal professionals that will fight for your rights and entitled benefits. Remember—Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!