Most Common Workplace Accidents

reportFrom office workers to construction workers, it is possible for any person at work to become injured on the job. Some of the reasons people need to file for workers’ compensation overlap despite being in different industries. Luckily, no matter how dangerous a job can be, most employees are covered by workers’ compensation.

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

No matter how large or small a business is, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This provides protection to employees in the event they are injured as a result of conditions at work. Every employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they qualify for it. For example, an employee falling off a ladder and obtaining an injury that prevents them from working for a short period would likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. An employee who was recklessly engaged in drugs or alcohol while at work, and fell off a ladder, would likely not qualify for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation pays for missed wages as well as medical care as a result of a workplace accident.

While some accidents are unpredictable, being aware of the most common workplace accidents may make you more mindful while at work. The following are some of the most commonly seen accidents at work.

Slips and Falls: The most common workplace accident is a slip or fall. There are many causes of falls, and they can vary from high risk to low-risk jobs. From slipping on an oily surface in the break room, or falling off scaffolding, flips and falls can result in head trauma, broken bones, and lacerations.

Machinery: Even when the equipment is properly used, accidents can still happen. If machinery is not properly maintained, it can lead to dangerous consequences. Human error can also lead to accidents having to do with heavy equipment or machinery. An employee who is not paying attention can be struck by a moving part or can get a limb stuck in a machine.

Overexertion: This kind of workplace incident may not necessarily be the result of one occasion. Overexertion is caused by repetitive movement such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. The long-term effects on a worker can lead to permanent disabilities that prevent them from returning to work.

Contact an Illinois Work Accident Attorney

Work accidents can have a lasting effect on employees and their families. If you were involved in an accident at work that left you injured, do not go at filing for workers’ compensation alone. Contact an experienced Orland Park work accident attorney today to discuss the next steps after getting hurt at work. Set up a free consultation by calling our office at 708-633-6005.

Sources:

https://www.arbill.com/arbill-safety-blog/5-most-common-workplace-accidents-keys-to-prevent-injuries

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Pages/default.aspx

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