No matter if you work in a factory, on a construction site or behind a computer all day, you may face certain risks on the job. However, know that no matter what your job is, you have the right to go to work without sustaining serious injury or illness. No one should ever think that he or she deserves an injury because of the type of employment.
In general, your employer must meet certain requirements to keep the workplace safe. This said, accidents still happen. Here are some of the more common workplace-related injuries:
No. 1: Fire
Fires can happen in the workplace and can occur from just a simple electrical short. To prevent a fire, employers must make sure all power cords go through regular inspection. If there is damage to a prong – or a prong is missing -the entire cord must be thrown away. Additionally, if using extension cords, these should only be a temporary solution.
Lastly when talking about fire risks, all employees should be receiving training on what to do if a fire starts in the office.
No. 2: Falls and slips
Injuries from falls and slips are common in the office. Poor visibility or lighting, loose carpeting or cords, unstable chairs, or objects in the walkway all increase the risk of a fall.
The risk also does not end in the office, either, as employees can end up slipping and falling on ice outside the office.
No. 3: Ergonomic injuries
If you spend your entire day at a desk or behind a computer, you may be more at risk for ergonomic injuries that are harder to identify. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set guidelines for the right way to position your desk and work-station to stay safe from ergonomic injuries. This includes correct chair, monitor and keyboard position and how to position your body while you are working. You should also pay attention to any weakness, numbness, fatigue or pain that occurs after a long day at work.
What to do after an injury
The pain and lasting impact from a work injury varies from person to person. However, when it comes to possible compensation, keep in mind that blame does not matter. What matters is that you were hurt on the job – or because of your job – and now you may be able to qualify for workers’ compensation. An attorney familiar with these types of cases will be able to help determine the full extent of your injuries.