Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries among workers. Workplace safety requirements, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) or keeping the floors and aisles clear, aim to reduce the likelihood of a serious accident.
Unfortunately, there are dozens of ways people can get hurt on the job, even when safety is paramount.
What are some common causes of workplace accidents?
Common causes of workplace accidents include:
- Dehydration, which can lead to dizziness and fainting
- Poor lighting, which is a slip, trip and fall hazard
- Hazardous material exposure
- Repetitive movements, which may lead to repetitive strain injuries
- Workplace violence
Employers can take steps to minimize the risk to their workers by examining these top causes of accidents and addressing how they could impact their work environment. For example, if they would like workers to get more rest between shifts, they could ask that no workers take shifts longer than 10 hours in length or that they don’t work an afternoon shift followed by an early morning shift the next day.
Employers can make workplaces safer, but they need help
As an employee, it’s important to report any unsafe hazards in your workplace and to be clear with your employer if you’re dealing with extreme stress or fatigue. Employers should always take their employees’ concerns seriously, make changes when needed or provide additional training to help employees do their jobs more safely.
If you do get hurt at work, report it right away. Then, you may be able to start a claim for workers’ compensation to cover your medical care and financial losses.