Injuries in the workplace can be a serious matter regardless of the type of injury sustained. Even relatively minor injuries to the feet can result in lost time at work, lost productivity and costly medical bills. Avoiding foot injuries before they occur is the best course of action. Fortunately, most work injuries are relatively easy to prevent.
Warming up before physical activity is crucial to avoid sprains and sore muscles. Choosing proper footwear depending on the nature of your work is an excellent start. It is also good to choose footwear that provides proper support and comfort. Taking care around uneven surfaces can help to prevent twists and sprains. If you do start to develop a mild injury, avoid pushing yourself further as this can exacerbate the injury and prolong recovery.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released reports stating that over 60,000 foot injuries each year cause employees to lose time at work. Three-quarters of these injuries could have been prevented had workers been in compliance at the time of the injury. The cost of foot injuries that result in lost work days averages about $9,600. Surprisingly, over 80 percent of all workplace foot injuries are caused by a falling object weighing less than thirty pounds.
Common Workplace Foot Injuries
A common form of foot injury is caused by slips, falls, and trips. These can be diminished greatly by ensuring workers wear non-slip shoes with soles of rubber or urethane. Wearing the shoes properly, ensuring that they are not loose or ill-fitted, also helps prevent missteps. Falling or rolling objects are extremely common sources of injury, and can be prevented with protective footwear, typically with reinforced toes and made from puncture-resistant materials. Chemicals, solvents, hot liquids, and other similar hazards can result in burns or skin damage. Wearing resistant footwear, such as leather protected by overshoes or compound boots, can prevent these substances from causing potentially long-term injuries.
Employees who operate in extreme temperatures may find that their feet can be adversely affected by heat or cold if proper precautions are not taken. For cold climates, insulated footwear to keep the feet warm and dry can help prevent frostbite and loss of motor function. In hotter climates, footwear that provides protection at the workplace but still breathes provides greater comfort without sacrificing protection.
Electric shock can pose a problem for anyone working with electricity and not wearing compliant footwear. Safety footwear for those who could potentially encounter electrical hazards must have a protective heel and sole, and provide protection from circuits up to 600 volts consistently, and at least 14,000 volts at 60 Hz for one minute.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates Represent Employees Suffering from Work-Related Foot Injuries
If you have been the victim of a workplace accident resulting in a foot injury, and have lost work or wages because of it, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team of Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates online, or call us at 215-772-3020 for a free case consultation. Serving clients across the greater Philadelphia area, the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers of E.S. Borjeson & Associates are dedicated to providing quality representation at a fair price.