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Are new workers at greater risk of suffering workplace injuries?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

There may be numerous factors that could influence the potential for a work-related incident to occur. The presence of safety issues such as fall hazards and overexertion are just a few common factors in many work accidents, but sometimes the factors that contribute to such incidents may be easy to overlook. For instance, recent studies indicate that the likelihood of being involved in a workplace accident is greater during the first 12 months of one’s employment.  

New workers and job-related incidents 

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration asserts that new employees are much more likely to suffer injuries in a job-related incident during the first year of employment. However, studies state that this might not always stem from lack of experience or skill and may instead have more to do with being inserted into a new and unfamiliar work atmosphere. As such, finding ways to address potential hazards and promote job site safety may be integral to reducing incident risks among new workers. 

Studies also indicate that incidents involving new workers may also be more prevalent in specific professions, such as the construction and restaurant industries. Researchers also state that health concerns such as sprains and strains accounts for nearly 40% of injuries to first-year employees. Suffering severe injuries during the initial stages of employment can be devastating under any situation and the average person might not always know how best to handle the fallout of the incident. 

When workplace accidents occur 

Regardless of how it happens, the outcome of a workplace accident could trigger a variety of hardships. Individuals who face the possibility of missing out on wages during a long road to recovery might have understandable concerns about how to protect their interests during this process. When facing such a situation in life, a person might find it helpful to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney for assistances in addressing the available options and in taking the appropriate steps to safeguard his or her financial future.