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Heavy industries carry substantial injury risks

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Social Security Disability |

Those working in heavy Industries need to know that there are substantial injury risks on the job. These industries often involve the use of heavy machinery, along with large-scale products and materials, all of which can lead to serious complications if there’s ever an accident on the job.

For instance, you may be working in the coal and oil sector, which means working around pipelines, conveyor belts, drilling machines and much more. Ideally, all of these devices are used carefully and safely, but you can’t always guarantee that this is the case. Machines could malfunction, there could be unexpected outside forces at play, or other workers around you could make mistakes.

The same could be said for the shipping industry. For instance, many products such as iron ore, coal and stone are shipped on massive freighters. These have to be loaded with heavy conveyor belts and dump trucks. Not only can the materials themselves be a risk if anything goes wrong, but these vehicles and machines could cause significant injuries.

These injuries may lead to a disability

This is all important to know because an injury on the job could lead to issues that are severe enough that you are disabled and that full healing will never happen. This is often common with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. It’s not that workers in an office building can’t be injured in this fashion, but you are simply exposed to a lot more risk factors because you have such a physical job.

The physicality of the job can also contribute to the disability. Your injury may heal to the point that you could have done a different job, but there’s no way you can return to the industry that you’ve chosen. It takes too much physical work and any limitations can hold you back. You’re not just typing on a computer, but driving machinery and lifting or carrying all sorts of heavy objects. You need to be in prime physical condition, and the lasting ramifications of an injury may mean that you can never return to work.

So what should you do?

If you do suffer this type of severe injury and you’re disabled, that’s when you need to know about all of your rights to SSDI benefits. This can be a complicated process, so make sure you know what steps to take.

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