According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2015 alone.
The most common type of workplace injuries/events that lead to injury include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Overexertion in lifting or lowering (which often leads to muscle sprains or tears)
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught in or between structures
Because there is such a high prevalence of workplace injury, safety advocates are pushing for employers to review and revamp their prevention programs.
The technical term used when discussing workplace safety programs is “SIF”, serious injury and fatality prevention. Experts are urging employers and safety personnel to focus on three main factors:
- Reported events that have the potential to be life-altering or fatal
- Conditions that exist prior to an incident
- Protection systems (or lack thereof), such as training and workplace restrictions.
Experts also site the importance of building trust in the workplace (employee to employee and employee to management) and ensuring the company’s leadership team is vested in their SIF program.
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Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties.
An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.