Heating, ventilation and air conditioning workers battle the elements, electricity and heavy equipment on a daily basis, and injury data shows they have some of the most dangerous manual labor jobs. So what should these workers watch out for, and how can they file for compensation if they are injured? We explain in today’s blog.
Here’s a quick look at a few of the dangers that HVAC workers face on a daily basis.
Heavy Equipment Strains – HVAC technicians do a lot of heavy lifting removing old equipment and installing new pieces. Lifting and hauling this equipment can easily lead to strains and sprains if they’re not careful.
Electrical Injuries – HVAC techs thread wire and connect new equipment, and if something isn’t wired properly or they touch a live wire, they may be in for a shock. Electrical injuries are one of the most common injuries among HVAC installers.
Fractures – Fractures from falls or from being crushed under heavy equipment are more common than you might think among HVAC workers. HVAC and refrigeration techs are more likely to suffer a fracture than any other industry except for transportation. Use tandem lifts when moving heavy equipment, and be very careful when working from heights.
Chemical Burns – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry is the most dangerous industry when it comes to injuries from chemical burns and corrosion. Always wear gloves and watch for leaks when installing and removing old units.
Getting Compensation After An HVAC Injury
If you have been injured in any of the above ways, or in a different manner on the job, the best thing you can do to ensure you receive the largest compensation package possible is to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. Dean Margolis has secured workers’ compensation awards for many HVAC workers in the past, and he knows the best ways to maximize your claim amount.
Trying to work through the injury can leave you susceptible to further injury on the job, so don’t try to push through the pain. The workers’ compensation system is designed to protect workers who put their health on the line every day, and you are entitled to those benefits if you are injured on the job.
Dean and his team offer a free initial consultation where you can sit down with a lawyer and go over your options. If you want to hire him on as an attorney, he’ll go to work for you and only collect a fee if he gets you a compensation award. To learn more about what Dean and his team can do for you, reach out to him by clicking here or by calling (952) 230-2700.
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