Understanding Workplace Injuries
According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds a worker is injured on the job. While this number is alarming, knowing how injuries occur in the workplace can help employees take preventative action to stay safe. Here are the most common ways on-the-job injuries happen.
Trips, Slips, and Falls
Trips, slips, and falls happen on the job more often than you think, causing severe head, back or neck injuries. Here are some common scenarios that could lead to a trip, slip, or fall accident:
- Wet or oily surfaces.
- Weather conditions (icy walkways, steps).
- Loose rugs.
- Loose wires and cables.
- Cluttered workspaces.
- Poor lighting.
Cuts, Lacerations, or Punctures
While a cut, laceration or puncture can happen on any type of job, working with machinery and other tools and equipment can cause a serious wound anywhere on the body. These types of injuries could lead to permanent scarring, cutting of tendons and muscles, or loss of limbs. The following circumstances could result in a cut, laceration, or puncture wound:
- Exposure to sharp surfaces (broken glass, metal edges).
- Passing through low overhangs.
- Using sharp tools.
- Using machinery with blades or other sharp attachments.
Contact with an Object or Equipment
No matter what line of work you are in, there is always the risk of coming into contact with an object or equipment that could result in a serious injury. From lacerations and fractures to head injuries and brain trauma, the following accidents can cause serious harm:
- A moving object striking a worker.
- A worker bumping into, stepping on, or pushed into an object.
- A worker who is caught or crushed between moving or stationary objects.
- A worker trapped in a collapsing structure.
- A worker that is struck by falling objects.
When You Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Sustaining an on-the-job injury is undoubtedly a devastating event. If you have been hurt at work, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will fight the toughest insurance companies to protect your rights so you can receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.