Every employee deserves to work in a safe environment. Although some jobs are more dangerous than others, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide the safest possible working conditions. Each year, countless people throughout Fort Lauderdale are involved in work-related accidents. Unfortunately, far too many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of others. Here is a list of the top five most common workplace accidents according to U.S. Department of Labor:
- Falling objects: Whether you work in a factory, construction site, auto repair shop or even a bookstore, falling objects can result in severe head trauma that can even cause death. Head injuries can be some of the most life-altering. In some cases, many victims never regain their full mental capacities. If your workplace has a heavy threat of falling objects, it is important for both employers and-and employees to take the necessary steps for protection, such as protective headgear along with implementing rules and guidelines to keep the workplace safe.
- Reaction injuries: Accidents rarely announce when they are going to happen. Some can be almost impossible to avoid. Many muscle injuries can be caused by slipping and tripping without falling. Car accident injuries can also be impossible to avoid when another motorist fails to stop at a red light or rear-ends your vehicle. Always be aware of your surroundings as well as your fellow employees.
- Falling from heights: Many jobs require employees to work in elevated conditions. Roofers, painters, window washers or elevator repairmen constantly face these issues. It is important that equipment is constantly inspected to ensure proper safety. Make sure your employer provides the necessary protection gear. The employer is also responsible for providing sufficient training to ensure each employee is fully prepared to execute their job.
- Slip & fall/trip & fall: One of the hazards of maintaining a clean workplace is the potential for a slip and fall accident. Wet and slippery floors or objects on floors can cause a person to fall. The results can be minor, such as a few scratches or a bruise. But slip and falls can also be extremely dangerous. They are often responsible for broken hips and even a fractured skull. Make sure your workplace has proper safety guidelines in place to ensure debris and spills are properly cleaned and removed.
- Overexertion injuries: Giving maximum effort at your job is admirable. But there can also be a downside. Many of the most serious work-related injuries are caused by overexertion. These injuries can be caused by acts such as pulling, pushing, throwing, carrying and carrying.
A workplace injury can cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills, repairs and lost wages. If you have been injured at work due to the negligence of others, you are entitled to receive a fair settlement to cover your expenses, lost income along with your pain and suffering. The first important step is to contact a personal injury attorney that will protect your rights. Do not settle for anything less than what you deserve. Fight for your rights and stay safe at work.