What Are the Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents?

Workplace safety is exceptionally important to both employers and employees. Unfortunately, despite ongoing efforts to improve workplace safety, accidents can and do still occur. In order to understand how to prevent these accidents, it’s imperative to first understand what causes workplace accidents. Here are some of the most common causes. 

1. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Some of the most common workplace accidents are slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips, and falls are often caused by slippery floors, uneven surfaces, and crowded walkways. For this reason it’s important to keep walkways clear and be very aware of surroundings. 

2. Struck by Objects

Another common cause of workplace accidents is workers being struck by objects. These objects may include equipment, tools, or even vehicles. That’s why it’s so important to properly maintain the workplace, properly store objects, and educate and train employees on how to reduce their risk.

3. Overexertion and Repetitive Motion Injuries

Overexertion and repetitive motion injuries occur when employees engage in physically demanding work or very repetitive tasks without enough opportunity to rest. Allowing workers to take more breaks and to frequently change positions can be helpful in preventing these injuries. 

4. Machinery Accidents

Machinery accidents, which can occur from the malfunctioning of equipment, lack of safety protocols, and inadequate training, are common in industrial industries. For this reason it’s important to regularly maintain machinery and adequately train employees on how to use it properly and protect themselves. 

5. Electrical Accidents

Similar to machinery accidents, electrical accidents can occur due to malfunctions, damaged wiring, or the improper handling of electrical equipment. Employee training is of the utmost importance. 

6. Vehicle Accidents

Workers who utilize vehicles as a part of their job are at an increased risk of injury. This is because there are many factors that can increase the risk of an accident. These factors include distracted driving, poor road conditions, and fatigue caused by exceeding the number of hours legally allowed behind the wheel without taking a break. 

7. Exposure to Harmful Substances

For workers who use chemicals or other harmful substances in their line of work, prolonged exposure can lead to health issues. It’s crucial that workers have proper protective gear, adequate ventilation, thorough training, and regular check-ups at the doctor to ensure health is maintained. 

By understanding the various causes of workplace injuries, both employers and employees will be better equipped to combat them.

The attorneys at Rochelle McCullough help those in Dallas who have been injured while on the job

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while on the job, it can have a significant impact on your life and your ability to make a living and pay your bills, which now likely include medical bills. When you are already working to improve your health, insurance companies are the last thing that you want to have to deal with. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough are committed to advocating for victims of workplace accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a workplace accident, we can help fight for your rights. Your pursuit of justice is our priority. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.