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Top Workplace Accidents in Wisconsin

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 65,000 non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries and 113 fatal work injuries were reported among Wisconsin’s private-sector employees in 2019. Knowing that workplace accidents are common in Wisconsin, especially if you work in the state.

Getting hurt on the job overwhelms you with anxiety and stress. It’s not only the medical bills, but you’re also worried about covering lost wages and getting back to work.

In this guide, we’ll take you through some top workplace accidents in Wisconsin.

Top Occupational Accidents Reported to OSHA

The following are preliminary details about some of the most severe 2019 occupational accidents reported to OSHA in Wisconsin.

Incident 1

On January 11, 2019, a 31-year-old was preparing a boom truck for towing in Appleton, WI, when a vehicle traveling at highway speeds struck him. The injuries sustained by the victim proved fatal. The incident occurred at a time when the road surface was dry, and the weather conditions were clear.

Incident 2

On January 29, 2019, an employee was shoveling bark out from beneath the conveyor system in a sawmill when his clothing got caught on a pulley that pulled the individual into the conveyor. The unfortunate incident occurred in Appleton Area Office, and the employee sustained fatal injuries.

Incident 3

On April 17, 2019, an employee from a temporary staffing agency was performing a general site cleanup in Madison Area Office. He fell from the fourth floor of an apartment building that was under construction.

These incidents indicate that an injury can occur at any type of workplace and prove fatal. Let’s now take a look at some of the most common causes of workplace injuries:

Common Types of Workplace injuries

Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • Pulling and pushing machine malfunctions
  • Slip and fall
  • Scaffolding or ladder falls
  • Lifting and reaching
  • Motor vehicle injuries at work
  • Catching falling patients or lifting them
  • The repetitive motion of any sort
  • Machine failures

Your Rights When Hurt on the Workplace

Under Wisconsin law, employees have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits when faced with an injury on the job. Even if you hold some responsibility for the cause of the accident, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation.

If you’ve been hurt in a workplace accident, hire John V. O’Connor, an experienced Kenosha personal injury lawyer. Serving for more than 35 years, he has extensive knowledge of Wisconsin personal injury laws and regulations.


    The Law Offices of John V. O'connor

    The Law Offices of John V. O'Connor
    600 52nd Street Suite 120
    Kenosha, WI 53140


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