Depending on what you do for a living, and perhaps despite what you do for a living, workplace injuries are quite common. These range from simple sprains and bruises to severe, life-threatening injuries. Whether sitting at a desk or operating heavy machinery, your body could be at risk of damage. This risk can be mitigated with caution and a little awareness. Accidents happen, but knowing what you’re up against is half the battle, and it will help you be more prepared going forward. Here are some of the most common workplace injuries recorded in the past.
- If your work does not include frequent experience with heights, then you might think you’re not at risk. But even tripping can cause serious issues, especially if you’re carrying something. Don’t underestimate the damage caused when your body hits a surface at an odd angle. You may come away with minor bruises, or you may be left with a sprained ankle or even a concussion.
- Machinery accidents. It’s important to be extremely cautious around machines. Operating heavy machinery often requires lots of training and proper safety equipment. Even so, injuries can still occur, whether due to equipment failure or user error.
- Vehicular accidents. Trucks, tractors, forklifts, and other large vehicles are helpful, but they can be dangerous if mishandled. Not only might they be classified as “heavy machinery,” but their mobility introduces a whole other set of potential concerns. These include collision accidents, rollover, and malfunction, which can all lead to injury of the user and/or surrounding employees.
- Burns due to fires and explosions can be pretty severe. This may be a concern if you work with machinery that generates excessive heat or friction, or if you regularly handle combustible chemicals.
- Overexertion and repetition. Lifting or moving heavy objects can take a toll on your body. Improper or repetitive lifting can ultimately cause serious damage to your spine and the muscles in your back. But overexertion can happen in the office as well. Even something as simple as writing or typing at your desk can strain your wrists, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
- So many things today are powered by electricity. If something goes wrong or if not handled correctly, electricity can be dangerous. Even non-lethal electrocution may cause burns or muscular pain.
- Falling objects. This is especially prevalent in construction. Builders wear a hard hat to protect their head from debris and dropped items: hardware, tools, materials, etc. But hard hats and other similar protective measures are not always 100% reliable. It’s important to be cautious in areas that are at risk of falling objects.
Worker injury is complex and often frustrating. Be sure to know and protect your rights as an employee, especially if you believe the company is at fault. Reach out to Collier Law for legal advice and representation. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the process and make sure that you are properly compensated. Contact us today!