Workplace accidents and injuries take a heavy toll on human lives and lost production as corporations industry and government agencies work together to minimize accidents. The top ten causes of accidents in the workplace are:
- Falls on same level
- Struck by object or equipment
- Falls to lower level
- Other exertions or bodily reactions
- Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
- Slip or trip without fall
- Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects
- Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks
- Struck against object or equipment
These are the not necessarily, however the root cause. These may be the stated cause on an accident report, but often there was some type of structural or mechanical failure that led to the accident.
For example, “struck by object or equipment” is a broad reason for or cause of an accident and doesn’t describe why a piece of equipment struck an employee. It may have been a failure by the equipment and the manufacturer or installer may be at least partly liable for the accident and possible injury.
Exactly what is a structural failure?
Structural failure refers to the loss of structural integrity, or the loss of load-carrying capacity in either a structural component, or the structure itself. In a well-designed system, a localized failure should not cause immediate or even progressive collapse of the entire structure.
Poor structural design is an element that often contributes to a failure that triggers an accident and injury. Examining an accident from the perspective of an engineer is completely different than the usual investigations conducted by police and other authorities. Engineers often find contributory elements that were ignored by others.
Workplace Injuries – Engineering Expert Witness
An engineering expert witness is also a valuable asset to a workplace injury case. Engineering issues are often very complex and the ability to explain principles of physics and advanced terminology to a jury is crucial.
As a licensed engineer and experienced expert witness, Justin Hall is available to advise parties involved in workplace accidents arrive at and understand the causes for serious accidents.
Call Justin Hall, P.E. at 501-436-0091