Thousands of people make workers’ compensation claims each year because of workplace accidents that cause serious injuries. In spite of workplace safety codes meant to protect workers, accidents still happen. One of the best ways to avoid work related accidents is having an understanding of how they occur. This allows the worker to recognize the specific situations in which they occur and take the appropriate precautionary measures. Here are seven common types of workplace injuries:
- Slip or trip and falls. These accidents may occur as the result of a cluttered work floor, inattention to surroundings, or because of a slippery surface caused by moisture, ice, or snow. The severity of the injuries from these falls depend on how the person lands, what he or she lands on, and whether the person carries objects that complicate the fall.
- Fall to a lower level. The injury potential of a fall greatly increases with its distance. Falling from ladders, stairwells, personnel lifting devices, and multi-level surfaces such as off a shipping dock are common ways this type of accident occurs.
- Struck by an object. This happens in a number of ways depending on the work environment. For example, objects can fall from shelves, an overhead worker can drop tools, and cargo inside the trailer of a truck can fall. A person struck on the head or body by a heavy, rapidly falling or swinging object can sustain serious injury.
- Machinery or equipment accidents. Hands, fingers, and limbs can be pinched, cut, sheared off, or crushed when they get caught in machinery or equipment. These accidents are often caused by insufficient safety guards, inattentive operators, and loose clothing that gets caught in a mechanism.
- Overexertion. Carrying heavy or bulky objects, throwing, pulling, pushing, and lifting are the type of exertion workers do every day. When done improperly, too frequently, or with objects that are too heavy, muscles get pulled and backs injured.
- Exposure to harmful substances. These include toxic, carcinogenic, and corrosive substances. Accidents often occur when proper protection such as breathing masks, gloves, and safety glasses are not worn.
- Burns and trauma from explosions. Burns and explosions often involve flammable materials while burns alone occur around hot objects, fluids, or an open flame.
If you were injured on the job, a workers’ comp attorney can help support your claim or negotiate a settlement with your employer. For more information and a free consultation, contact us at Mike Lewis Attorneys.