Most people do not go to work thinking that they are going to be involved in some type of accident when they get there. But workplace accidents occur every day and can range from fairly minor to serious, and sometimes even fatal. Construction accidents tend to be more serious in nature due to the types of equipment used, and the potential for dangerous falls from high places like scaffolding and roofs. Being aware of some of the more common workplace accidents, and the steps you can take to avoid them can help prevent injuries on the job. If you have suffered an on the job injury of any type you may be entitled to benefits, medical care, and compensation. Please contact our Philadelphia workplace accident lawyers right away.
The following are some of the most common types of accidents that can occur in the workplace:
Car Accidents/Commercial Drivers – Employees who drive as part of their job run the risk of being involved in car accidents. It is crucial for these employees to observe safe driving rules and for employers to provide defensive and safe-driver training.
Construction Accidents – There is a wide range of accidents that can occur at a construction site, from relatively minor to fatal. Examples include falls from ladders and scaffolding, falling debris, and lacerations from equipment. Employees should always wear proper equipment, including goggles and hardhats, in order to avoid serious injuries.
Electrocutions/Burns – These types of accidents can occur from overheated equipment, welding torches, and break room appliances. Keeping equipment properly maintained and/or repaired can help avoid potential injuries.
Equipment Malfunctions – When equipment is not functioning properly, things can go wrong very quickly. Particularly when the equipment is large and utilizes high heat and/or sharp blades, it is imperative that a regular maintenance schedule is followed and repairs are made in a timely fashion.
Falls – The incidence of falls from heights or from equipment like scaffolding or ladders can be reduced when employees use proper gear. Installation of safety rails, as well as relevant training, can help avoid potential injuries.
Fatal Accidents – The most common causes of fatal accidents are falling from heights, followed by being hit by or falling from a vehicle. Fork-lifts alone are responsible for an average of 1,500 fatal injuries every year.
Manufacturing Accidents – Accidents can occur when employees work with or near equipment used to manufacture products. Always make sure to keep long hair pulled back, remove or contain any loose jewelry and always practice proper safety protocols when operating large machinery.
Office Accidents – Accidents of this nature can often cause Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Excessive use of computer screens and/or keyboards can put strain on muscles and tendons, causing vision problems, joint pain, and back and neck discomfort. Use of ergonomic chairs, taking breaks to rest eyes and muscles, and rotating job tasks can help avoid accidents.
Slip and Fall – When floor surfaces are not properly cleaned or maintained they can easily become slippery or uneven. Workplace slip and fall accidents can be avoided with proper management of any spills or debris clean-up. Non-slip rugs should be placed in potentially slippery areas and signs should be clearly posted to indicate any slippery areas or any object that a person could trip over, like cords or uneven areas.
Toxic Exposure – Accidents of this nature can occur in environments where employees work in close contact with harmful chemicals, such as fumes or gas that can be hazardous to the health of individuals. Employers should provide proper safety goggles and other protective gear like breathing masks, as well as make sure the facility is equipped with emergency showers.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Borjeson Legal Group have the experience and knowledge to secure the financial compensation you deserve and make sure that your legal rights are protected. For a free consultation, call us today or contact us online. We help injured workers in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.