The unfortunate truth is that accidents on the job are all too common and often lead to serious injuries or even death. While there are things employers can do to reduce the chance of injury, workplace accidents occur even at the safest possible worksites. According to the National Security Council, a worker is injured at work every seven seconds.
Keep reading to find out what the three most common workplace injury cases are, according to the NSC. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in a workplace accident.
- Overexertion Causes Many Accidents on the Job
- Contact with Large Objects and/or Equipment
According to the study by the NSC referenced above, one in every three work-related injuries is caused by overexertion. This may involve pushing, lifting, carrying, turning, pulling, or throwing items. Overexertion can also be caused by repetitive motions such as typing or doing the same thing over and over again on an assembly line. When a worker pushes their bodies beyond comfortable and safe limits, muscles can become injured.
The best things a worker can do to stay safe from overexertion injuries is not to work doing the same repetitive work for more than 20 or 30 minutes without changing positions. If workers are asked to lift, push, or pull items, they should follow best practices to prevent injury.
When a worker gets caught between equipment, has equipment fall on them, or is struck by equality or tools, they can suffer serious injuries. In fact, these kinds of accidents often result in permanent disability. The best way to stay as safe as possible from this type of accident is for workers to pay close attention to what they are doing at all times because distraction is often the cause of being injured by objects or equipment.
All heavy objects should be stored as close to the floor as possible so that they can not fall and injure a worker. Employees must be made aware of safety protocols and then must follow them. Finally, protective gear must be worn when appropriate, such as hard hats and steel-toed shoes or boots.
Whether you slip or trip, falls can result in injuries up to and include broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and even death. Distraction is, once again, a common cause of this type of accident. As expected, the higher a person falls from, the more serious the injuries are likely to be.
Employees can reduce their chance of being injured in a fall by being aware of their surroundings at all times, wearing harnesses when appropriate, and wearing other safety equipment. Keeping all areas clean – especially walkways – can prevent tripping.
If you are injured in a fall accident at work – or any other type of workplace accident – contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.