May 31, 2016 – in Injured on the Job, Personal Injury Law

Simple actions that can cause workplace injury

Being injured at work can lead to more than just a small injury — it can lead to days spent off work, disability, and in some cases, battling with your employer for the workers compensation benefits you rightly deserve.

No one wants to be injured while working, but it happens every day. This is especially true in fields such as construction work where employees are around dangerous equipment on a regular basis. Many workplace injuries can actually be easily avoided by staying aware and following safety regulations. However, while this sounds easy enough, there are some very simple actions that can lead to workplace injury. Here are some of them and what can be done to avoid them.

Being Distracted

There’s nothing as simple and as dangerous as being distracted while on the job. Doing so can lead to easily missing small details that can result in poor work performance. But doing a task poorly should be the least of your concerns — if you’re operating machinery or doing a task that requires attention, being distracted can lead to injury to yourself, your co-workers, and any other person who happens to be in the area.

Forgetting Safety Gear

If you forget your safety gear once, you may think it’s no big deal. After all, has anything ever actually fallen on your hard hat? But that hat and other safety gear such as goggles, gloves, and heavy duty boots are required for a reason. While you may believe that some safety gear is overkill, it’s there for a reason, and you don’t want to find out that what reason is on the one day you forget to wear your protective items.

Not Paying Attention to Safety Regulations

Along those same lines, it’s important that you pay attention to safety regulations and know what to do in specific cases. Do you know where your worksite’s first aid kit is? Do you know what to do in case of a chemical fire, an oil spill, or a major injury at work? It’s very easy to not pay attention to these things, but by doing so, you not only put yourself at risk, you also put your co-workers and the entire business at risk.

Failing to Clean Up

While spilling something or leaving debris may seem like a small action that you’ll deal with later, it can lead to accidents if someone were to slip or trip. Always take the time to clean up your area, especially if you know others will be working in the same space.

Failing to Report Potential Accidents

Don’t make a mental note to tell the boss about something dangerous — do so right away. Many employees see something that they know could cause a problem or that is against safety regulations, but because they’re in the middle of something, they don’t report it right away. More often than not, these employees forget the issue by the time they are free to talk to a supervisor. This could lead to an accident that otherwise would have been prevented.

Have you been injured on the job?

Remember, workers compensation laws place many limitations on what you can recover, as well as your options for litigation, should you be injured on the job. Workplace injuries are often the result of several factors. It’s important to talk to a personal injury attorney like Wood & Craig who have experience dealing with cases involving on-the-job accidents. Call our firm at (404) 888-9962 to schedule a consultation.