Not many people go into work expecting to get injured. Unfortunately, however, it happens more than you may think. Accidents can occur in just about any industry, from construction sites to offices, and can leave workers with various types of injuries.
Here are some of the most common types of workplace accidents.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur in many work environments and are usually due to wet floors, icy surfaces or clutter. Workers who suffer slip and falls can sustain serious injuries, like broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries. To prevent these accidents, employers should ensure that spills and clutter are quickly cleaned up.
Falls from Heights
Falls from heights are most common in the construction industry and often result in fatalities. Workers can fall from roofs, scaffolding, ladders and other elevated surfaces. These accidents can be avoided if workers always wear fall protection equipment and receive safety training.
Overexertion may result from pulling, pushing, lifting or holding and can cause lower back injuries and joint pain. Workers can reduce their risk of overextension by learning how to lift heavy items properly and using assistive equipment when necessary.
People who are required to drive as part of their job are at risk of vehicle accidents. Negligent drivers may hit their vehicle and cause serious injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and chest injuries. Workers can become more defensive drivers to reduce the risk of getting into an accident.
Workers who have to work with heavy machinery must take proper safety precautions to avoid serious injuries. If workers get their clothes, jewelry or fingers caught in these machines, they may suffer a loss of a limb.
Repetitive motion injuries don’t occur from a single event. They occur over a period of time. These injuries are more common among workers who perform repetitive tasks, like typing or working on an assembly line. Employees can reduce their risk of repetitive motion injuries by using proper ergonomic work techniques and taking the needed breaks.
Unfortunately, violence can occur in the workplace. It can arise from arguments between co-workers or even customers. It’s important for employers to have a zero tolerance policy for workplace violence.
If you have been injured at work, schedule a consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer, like one from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.