When a worker is hit by an object and injured on the job, this type of injury is classified as a “struck by object” accident, according to the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that if a worker was hit by an object rather than hitting something, the injury falls into the struck by object category.
There are many ways in which a worker can suffer a struck by object injury. According to the OIICS, there are different sub-categories of struck by object accidents including:
- Struck by falling object. This type of accident occurs when something falls from overhead onto a worker.
- Struck by flying object. This type of accident happens when an object is dislodged or discharged in some way.
- Struck by rolling or sliding object. This type of accident generally occurs on the ground level.
- Struck by swinging or slipped object. This type of accident happens when a swinging object like a door hits a worker or when something slips out of a worker’s hand and strikes another worker.
Some examples of being struck by an object include falling objects from overhead, like sledge hammers falling from scaffolding or objects falling off of a shelf and onto a worker below. Also, demolition on a construction site can cause workers to be hit by shrapnel, metal, concrete or other objects that may fall onto construction workers below. Sometimes heavy equipment like a forklift will fall onto a worker, causing catastrophic injuries.
However when a struck by object workplace accident in Florida occurs, one thing is for certain—a worker will often suffer catastrophic injuries and need extensive medical treatment and time off of work to rest. Whether you suffered a head injury, back injury, or internal injuries in the accident, you need to make sure you get the most compensation possible.
Without having an experienced attorney on your side, you might not know if the workers’ compensation carrier is giving you the right amount of benefits. When a serious work injury occurs, you need to turn to a knowledgeable South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Office of David Benenfeld. Please call for your free consultation today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].