Common Causes Of Workplace Accidents
We expect to be safe while at work, but sometimes that does not happen. Even in a seemingly safe environment such as an office, accidents can happen. Some are minor, while others are severe or even deadly.
There are many factors that can make workplaces unsafe. What should you look for while performing your work duties? Read on to learn about the most common causes of workplace accidents.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can happen everywhere and the workplace is no exception. Liquid spills, melted ice, cords, and clutter can cause a worker to fall. These accidents can cause broken bones, back and neck injuries, head trauma, and other injuries. That’s why it’s important to keep your work area organized and clutter-free. Plus, spills should be cleaned up promptly.
Many employees think they need to keep working in order to meet a deadline, even when they are exhausted. Even if you are working on a computer, you can become fatigued. Eye strain and general exhaustion can cause you to get into an accident. So be sure to take breaks often to rest your entire body.
Dehydration can be a serious issue during the summer. Not staying hydrated can lead to heat stroke or cardiac conditions, so be sure to aim for eight glasses of water per day. Your manager should ensure you get proper hydration and rest, as these factors will improve performance.
Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Sprains, strains, and muscle tears are common and can be very painful. Don’t be afraid to ask a coworker to help you lift something heavy.
You should have adequate lighting in your work environment so you can do your job. Too much darkness can affect your eyes and cause strain. It can also lead to trips and falls due to limited visibility. If low lighting is affecting your work duties and making things unsafe, be sure to discuss this with your manager.
Whether you’re experiencing repetitive stress from using a computer or mental stress from strict deadlines or a micromanaging boss, you need to do what you can to keep it in check. Physical stress can lead to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which can require surgery. Mental stress can lead to anxiety and depression. In any case, stress can affect the body in many ways and cause debilitating conditions and even death.
Contact Us for More Information About Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When an employee is injured in a workplace accident, they can receive workers’ compensation benefits under New York law. These benefits pay for lost wages and medical bills so that the employee can recover.
However, claims often get denied. A White Plains workers’ compensation lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon can guide you through the process and help you get compensation. Schedule a free initial consultation with our office by filling out the online form or calling (914) 228-1770.