With lots of rainfall across Pennsylvania, flooding causes a lot of damage, not only to property but also to people. While heavy rain may not seem like much of a threat, it can lead to a wide array of injuries for those at work. Here are some common accidents caused by heavy rainfall that can lead to serious work injuries.
When roads become flooded, it can prove very dangerous for those whose jobs involve driving. Those who are injured in a car or truck accident during their normal course of work can file for workers’ compensation and may be eligible for benefits.
Cleaning Flood Damage
When rainfall causes flooding, those floodwaters can mix with other materials such as chemical waste, sewage, and farm waste, which are hazardous to our health. Therefore anyone who comes into contact with these waters while cleaning up flood damage can become ill if they are not up-to-date on their shots – especially their tetanus shot.
Flood damage can often result in mold when areas are wet for a long period of time. When your workplace has experienced a leak or flooding, the ceilings, subfloors, and walls can end up moldy. When people are exposed to mold for a lengthy amount of time it can lead to health issues that may qualify you for workers’ compensation. Therefore when a property has experienced any type of water damage – from leaks or flooding from recent rainfall – business owners have a duty to hire a professional to check the building for any signs of mold.
Injuries from Structural Damage
Another potential danger for sustaining a serious work injury is structural damage caused by heavy rain and flooding. Unfortunately, the building materials, such as wood, can become damages from the water and the supporting ground structures can rapidly erode, leading to the risk of floors falling, sinkholes opening, and even the whole structure collapsing. This is why it is so important that you pay attention to any potential damage to any structure that you are occupying so as to avoid injury.
Even after flood lines recede, the dangers of heavy rainfall and flooding can result in long-term safety concerns for your health. This is why it’s so important to pay attention to any type of issues that could place you or anyone else’s health in jeopardy. Should you notice anything it’s important to report it as soon as possible. You should never have to deal with a work injury on your own.
The PA Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
When you’ve been injured on the job you may not know what to do. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that an injury can have on all aspects of your life and the importance of being compensated for past, present, and future damages. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!