If you are currently working or have worked in the past, you are probably well aware of the fact that some occupations are more dangerous than others. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that in the U.S., over 4,400 individuals lost their lives while on the job in 2013, and many more sustained some type of illness or injury.
Regardless of whether you are employed as an administrative assistant for a corporation or a city police officer, all workplaces come with their share of various health and safety risks — which means that any worker can be subjected to injuries at any time. Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney David I. Fuchs understands the risks that many workers face on a routine basis and he and his team are prepared to assist those who have sustained injuries while on the job. Contact him today to discuss the specifics of your case.
What Are Some Common Causes of Worker Injuries?
There are several possible causes for workplace injuries. One cause that applies to many occupations is repetitive motion. While it is true that such injuries may not seem as serious as some of the other possible issues that can occur on a job, motions that are performed over and over can ultimately have substantial long-term effects on a worker.
More specifically, individuals who work in an office on a computer can experience several types of injuries, to include back and neck pain, eye strain or other eye-related problems, and muscle, joint and tendon stress that could eventually result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
To help alleviate some of the strain that is placed on the body while working in an office, workers are encouraged to use ergonomic equipment (such as arm supports and ergonomic keyboards) and be sure to take breaks on a regular basis throughout the day.
Another possible cause of worker injuries involves defective equipment and dangerous machinery. Job equipment that does not work properly or is defective in some way can lead to a whole host of injuries or death — even when the equipment is handled as required. Similarly, whether you operate a forklift as part of your work or a chef’s knife is used daily for your job, there is always a chance that substantial injuries can occur.
In order to avoid such injuries, workers are encouraged to inspect all regularly-used equipment prior to beginning the work day and look for signs of damage and/or deterioration. Additionally, workers should always wear proper protective gear and make sure that any dangerous equipment located at the job site is never left unattended and ensure that it is stored appropriately at the end of the day or shift.
Falls in the workplace can also lead to injuries — some of which can be quite serious. Slick floors, loose tiles, fraying carpet and poor lighting can lead to a slip and fall. Slip and fall incidents can lead to major injuries to an individual’s back and/or head, and depending on the age of the worker who fell, the injuries could be fatal.
That said, in order to lessen one’s chances of being involved in a slip and fall incident while at work, work areas should be kept as clean as possible and clutter-free. Additionally, signage should be used to indicate wet and/or unsafe areas.
If you or someone you love has been injured in the workplace, it is important to know that you have options under the law. Contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. today to find out how he can help you obtain the just compensation you deserve for your injuries.