No matter where you go, there will always be risks to your safety. Whether you are driving along the highway, or even in your workplace, there are measures you must take to ensure you are operating safely within those environments. These actions are also critical to minimizing any hazards that may be presented to you.
Workplace injuries are far too common, especially in jobs that require physical labor. To protect yourself thoroughly, you must be familiar with the risks. This fundamental knowledge includes awareness of some of the most common workplace injuries, many of which are listed below.
Types of Hazardous Work Environments
Although there are risks present in numerous kinds of work environments, only a handful are significantly more dangerous than others. Industries in which you might find such work include:
- Municipal emergency services, law enforcement, etc.
Not all workplaces require staff to be in obviously perilous conditions to present the risk of injury, however. If you drive a vehicle or work in an office, you are still at risk of developing less-than-ideal physical conditions.
The Most Common Workplace Injuries
Whether they are brought on by the dangerous conditions in the trades listed above, or in any other job-related tasks, the injuries described below are, by far, the most common wounds that people incur while on the clock:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can result in mere tingling or numbness, or severe muscle damage, affecting the hands and fingers, primarily.
- Employees can lose their vision as a result of being struck by loose or mishandled mechanical components, chemical spills, and more.
- Those who work in high volume environments without proper ear protection are at risk of losing their hearing.
- TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). Any severe falls or auto collisions while on the job can result in all types of TBIs, from concussions to whiplash. This injury can become quite severe, possibly leading victims to develop permanent brain damage.
- Musculoskeletal disorders. In the beginning, many recognize this injury as simple stiffness or soreness in the back, shoulders, neck, and other sensitive areas. After a while, though, it can severely inhibit normal movement. This category also includes fractures, arthritis, and strains.
- Fire risks are present in nearly all work environments, due to the wide variety of potential causes – electrical wiring, chemicals, combustible materials, stoves and similar appliances, radiation, and more. Burn injuries can either be superficial, require serious medical attention, or even be fatal.
Of course, after all these risks, there is also that of wrongful death. In many instances, if the injury is too severe or the conditions too dangerous, a worker can lose their life on the job. If you or someone you love has been injured on the clock, the best way to secure compensation for their recovery is through worker’s compensation.
Still, employers often make attempts to avoid a payout, looking for ways to blame the victim. In such circumstances, you may need legal assistance. To learn more about your options for legal options, contact a lawyer regarding your workplace injury today.