Each year, thousands of people are involved in workplace accidents. Whether they are working in construction, retail, or other settings, accidents can take place that result in serious injuries. When this happens, victims wind up with high medical bills, extended periods of treatment, lost wages from being unable to work, and other physical and financial hardships. To make sure this does not happen to you, it is important to know not only about common workplace accidents, but also how to avoid them during the course of your workday. If you want to stay safe on the job, here are more details about the five most common workplace accidents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
For workers who drive as part of their job, motor vehicle accidents are far more common than many people realize. Since factors such as inclement weather and faulty vehicles or equipment often play a factor in these accidents, it is crucial companies pay attention to these factors and provide employees with the best possible vehicles for use on the job.
Slip and Fall
Whether it takes place in a warehouse, retail store, or other setting, slip and fall accidents are very common and cause many serious injuries. For most victims, injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, back or spinal cord injuries, and sprains or torn ligaments are common, leading to extensive medical treatment and prolonged absences from work.
Falling from High Places
While many workers fall while walking around their work setting, other workers suffer serious and often life-threatening injuries when they fall from high places while on the job. In most accidents, this involves workers falling from roofs, ladders, stairways, or scaffolding. Very common in the construction industry, these accidents very often lead to spinal cord injuries that result in partial or complete paralysis for victims. As a result, they are unable to return to their previous occupations, resulting in severe financial hardship for them and their families. Due to the severity of these accidents and how common they are on the job, OSHA has put numerous regulations in place requiring companies to provide fall protection training and equipment to workers who are in high-risk situations.
When workers spend much of their workday around exposed cords or wires, electrocution is a distinct possibility. Unfortunately, many workers fall victim to this type of injury each year, with many being severely burned or even killed. As for how these injuries occur, many happen to workers who are busy completing tasks near power lines or who are digging and accidentally hit underground electrical cables. Whatever the case may be, it is crucial companies provide safety training to workers, and also make sure all electrical hazards on the job are clearly marked.
In almost any type of job, many workers are injured due to accidents involving overexertion. These injuries can include back strains, pulled muscles, repetitive stress injuries, and many other types that lead to either temporary or permanent problems. Very often, these injuries are caused by repeated lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, carrying, and throwing. Commonly found in warehouse workers who have jobs such as order pickers or other similar positions, these accidents can lead to physical problems that may force a worker to not only quit their present job, but also face the possibility of having their employment options limited forever due to their accident.
With thousands of workers injured each year in workplace accidents such as these, it is increasingly important for companies to provide adequate safety training to reduce the number of accidents that take place. However, that rarely happens. As a result, workers continue to be injured in situations that are often unnecessarily dangerous. When this happens, many workers file workers’ compensation claims or personal injury lawsuits in an attempt to gain compensation, depending upon the circumstances surrounding their accident. Should you decide to do so as well, always consult with an experienced attorney.