On a daily basis, many employees perform tasks and duties that put their well-being and health at risk. While many of us feel safe performing our jobs, it is important to realize that a workplace injury can occur at anytime and anywhere. Not only do workplace accidents result in discomfort and pain, but they can also cause financial instability. Without a doubt, the best way to deal with the issue of workplace accidents and injuries is prevention. Here is some information that will hopefully help you steer clear of these accidents and injuries.
Avoiding common workplace injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about three million injuries occur in the workplace every year. While some of these injuries were minor in nature, over 33 percent of them resulted in the employee having to leave work temporarily to recover. Here is some information about the most common workplace injuries and how you can prevent them.
- Falls, slips, and trips: Falls, slips, and trips can occur from heights or at the same height. No matter the case, these injuries have the potential to cause major damage and injury. The most common causes of fall, slip, and trip injuries are slippery and wet floors as well as obstacles. These types of accidents can cause fractures, sprains, and torn ligaments. You can avoid these accidents by heeding “Watch Your Step” signs and keeping a lookout for debris.
- Roadway accident: Roadway accidents typically involve a car accident while driving the company car. Being hit by a truck or car as a pedestrian while on the job also counts as a roadway accident. These accidents can cause fractures, head trauma, cuts, and more. You can avoid these accidents by always wearing your seatbelt when driving company vehicles. Only drive company vehicles if you have adequate training. Also, be sure to pay attention at all times when walking on roadways.
- Compressed by or caught in an object: These accidents occur most often when employees are operating heavy machinery. Employees are also at risk for being caught in or compressed by an object when loading and unloading goods. These accidents can cause spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and serious fractures. To avoid these accidents, be sure you are always visible to operators of machine and forklifts. Take all safety precautions possible when operating heavy machinery.
Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or even killed on the job. If you or a family member has recently been in a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney from Parker & Frey PLLC. Our attorneys can work on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to under North Carolina law.