Workers in a wide range of industries and professions can experience injury and harm in the workplace.
Fortunately, injured employees can file for workers’ compensation to help cover medical costs and lost earnings. It is important for workers to understand the types of injuries they might encounter.
Slips, trips and falls
Many workplace accidents involve people losing their footing or falling from a height. Slips tend to occur on slick or wet surfaces. Trips often involve improperly placed cables and cords or uneven flooring. Slips and trips sometimes cause falls which can result in further injury. A worker could also fall from a higher level on a worksite.
Overexertion and repetitive use
While some workplace injuries result from accidents, many workers experience pain and impairment from overexertion. Repetitive strain injuries are common in employees who spend significant time using a computer. Restaurant workers and factory employees can also develop repetitive use injuries. These conditions arise gradually over time and often result from poor ergonomics and excessive repetitive motion.
Illnesses and harmful environments
Exposure to hazardous substances and environmental harms also can lead to injury and illness for workers. For example, healthcare workers often come into contact with infectious diseases that could result in sickness and long-term complications. In addition, workers who handle electrical systems could experience shock or electrocution while on the job. Finally, some workers handle toxic chemicals and harsh substances that can have lasting health consequences.
When workplaces cause harm and injury, workers deserve fair compensation. Employees should know their rights and be aware of the various hazards they might face at work.