Injuries at work can happen every day and to anyone. Upon receiving an injury at work, it is important to act on time and file a workers compensation claim, as well as inform your superiors of the injury.
Here are the most common causes of workplace injuries, and a few tips on how to prevent them.
Slip and Fall
The most common injury that occurs every day and that can occur in every workplace is a slip and fall injury. These injuries are accounted for 1/3 of all injuries in the workplaces. Most common injuries that can occur following a slip and fall accident are:
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Back injury
- Broken bone
- Pulled muscles
The most common reason why people end up slipping is the wet floor or oily surface. If the cleaning person forgot to put a “wet floor” sign or if the window was open while it was raining, the floor may become extremely dangerous for everyone walking by.
Tripping is also another reason why most people end up on their back. The reasons for trips could be anything from poor lighting, clutter on the ground, obstructed vision, loose wiring, uneven walking surfaces, and wrinkled carpeting.
The best way to prevent these injuries is to have a clean workplace, wear proper footwear and get rid of all the clutter.
Many workplaces involve being around or driving a vehicle. And where there are vehicles, there are always accidents. These accidents usually involve being struck or run over by a moving vehicle, falling from a vehicle or being struck by falling objects from a vehicle. Vehicle-related accidents are the most common cause of fatal injuries in the industrial and manufacturing industry, as well as the agriculture industry.
There are two types of vehicle-related accidents:
- On the road
- In the workplace
The only prevention is to assess who is at risk and avoid places where these accidents commonly occur. If you find yourself in a car-related injury at your workplace, be sure to immediately contact Workers Compensation Attorneys in Los Angeles.
Repetitive Stress Injury
Doing the same thing over and over again can cause a muscle and nerve injury. Repetitive stress injury is the most common injury associated with writing, pulling and lifting, pushing, carrying, and doing other activities that involve overexertion.
The best and the only way to protect yourself from such injuries is to get help when doing the heavy lifting and to rest your muscles after performing the same actions for more than one hour.
Toxic Gas and Radiation
The radiation and toxic leak is something that can happen at any time, especially if you are working at a nuclear power plant or at (toxic) waste disposal. The only prevention is to wear proper equipment and gear, as well as a face mask that will protect you from inhaling the toxins.
If you believe that you developed a condition as a result of radiation at work, contact Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys and seek their professional legal help. Don’t wait to act, as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim.