7 Most Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Accidents can happen in any workplace. Although injuries are frequently suffered by construction and industrial workers, they affect employees throughout the workforce – from office professionals to store associates. The following list outlines common causes of on the job accidents.
1. Lifting or Handling
Employees may be required to lift a specific amount on the job. If workers do not receive training in how to lift properly or team-lift, they can suffer back injuries or muscle strains.
2. Inadequate or Unsafe Environments
Environments contribute to accidents, including the poorly ventilated warehouse, cluttered stockroom, or broken desk chair. Employers have a responsibility to provide safe environments and to communicate office safety tips.
3. Toxic Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Exposure to toxins and hazardous materials can cause immediate injuries and lead to chronic illnesses. That’s why companies must provide protective gear and safety training in relation to hazards.
4. Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slip and falls are among the most common accidents at work. They occur when employees slip on floors, fall from ladders, and trip on obstacles. Workers’ compensation claims often deal with injuries from falling.
5. Transportation Accidents
Head, spinal cord, and internal injuries occur when employees have company vehicle accidents. Injuries are also suffered during loading and unloading tasks.
6. Electrical Accidents
Employees who perform electrical work or use electrical equipment are at risk for burns and shocks. Businesses have an obligation to check equipment for issues and provide training to limit incidents.
7. Equipment Failure
When equipment malfunctions, explodes or falls, limbs and even lives can be lost. The responsibility for this type of accident can be with the equipment manufacturer or the company using the devices.
Victims of injuries in the workplace can often benefit from the legal advice of our New Jersey personal injury attorneys. We help to ensure you receive fair compensation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious workplace accident, please contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman and we will contact you within twenty-four (24) hours to discuss your car accident case.