When we think of on-the-job accidents, we often picture heavy machinery or dangerous tools. But the truth of the matter is that while accidents do occur in environments with both of these things, they also occur in every workplace; no workplace is immune from the possibility of accidents. Here are the most common workplace injuries and how you can help to prevent them.
It’s not too surprising that vehicles are often involved in workplace accidents. Accidents related to vehicles include getting crushed or stuck under a vehicle, falling out of the vehicle, getting run over by the vehicle, and being struck by objects that are falling from the vehicle. To help prevent vehicle-related accidents, it’s important that employees receive a thorough education on the use of these vehicles, pedestrians and vehicles are kept apart, and nothing is placed where it can obstruct the vision of drivers.
One of the types of injuries we probably imagine when we think of workplace injuries is a machinery injury. These are injuries caused by getting stuck in or hit by moving machinery. The outcomes of these accidents can be quite horrendous. They often include severed or crushed limbs, blindness, and even death. To reduce the likelihood of this type of accidents, ensure that employees and operators of all machines are thoroughly trained, proper equipment is always worn, and the machine is protected at all times.
Slips, Trips & Falls
Slip, trip, and fall injuries account for about one-third of all personal injuries at work and are the number one claim filed for workers’ compensation. This type of injury lends itself to cuts, lacerations, pulled muscles, sprains, strains, injuries to the head and back, and broken bones. To help avoid this type of accident always wear the proper footwear and be sure that all walking surfaces and common areas are always clear and cleaned.
Fires and Explosions
Although fire and explosion accidents account for just three percent of all workplace injuries, they also account for the most fatalities in the workplace. In other words, this type of accident is extremely serious, and commonly deadly. It can occur from direct contact from the blast or indirect contact from the blast, such as being hit by a flying object. To reduce and better prevent fire and explosion accidents employees should wear protective equipment at all times, have clearly displayed safety data sheets for every chemical within the workplace, a well-communicated evacuation plan and a system for alerting everyone that there has been an emergency.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
The final type of common workplace injuries that we’ll discuss is repetitive stress injuries. While it may not sound serious, repetitive stress injuries, caused by working too fast, not taking enough breaks, rigorous clicking or typing, and improperly lifting heavy objects, can have devastating consequences. These musculoskeletal injuries, which are related to pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, and tossing, can often be severe and debilitating, lasting a long period of time. To help avoid this type of accident make sure that you understand how to properly lift equipment and take short breaks.
The PA Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
Though prevention is key, sometimes accidents may occur anyway. That is why it is important for companies to maintain a proper first-aid kit, an accident report log, and adequate insurance.
Even though the above information can help you to reduce the likelihood of these accidents, sometimes they still occur regardless. When you’ve been injured on the job it can impact your entire life. However, workers’ compensation claims can still be really complex.
Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that suffering an injury at work can have on all aspects of your life and the importance of being compensated for your 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!