Work Related Accidents
A teacher is leading her third grade class back from P.E. into the school. While walking along the sidewalk that connects the play area to the classroom building, she trips on a piece of broken concrete, resulting in a foot fracture. This instance could be classified as a work-related accident.
Work related accidents do not only occur in factories or jobs with physical labor. They can occur anywhere. A work-related accident can be defined as an injury or illness that happens during employment or because of employment.
Causes and Most Common Types of Accidents and Injuries
The list of work-related accidents and injuries are as vast and varied as there are different types of jobs. Most work-related accidents can fit into five categories:
• Factory/warehouse accidents
• Driving accidents
• Machinery/equipment accidents
• Office accidents
• Retail accidents
Injuries can happen anywhere and anytime. They may include but are not limited to injuries such as:
• Back and neck injuries/problems
• Falls resulting in fractures, sprains and concussions
• Burns and lacerations
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Loss of limb or internal injury
If you or a loved one is involved in a work-related injury, follow the company’s protocol for reporting injuries. Typically, a supervisor is notified immediately and the incident is reported, documented and medical treatment is administered. The final step is to file a claim for worker’s compensation if applicable.
To prevent work-related accidents and injuries, employees and employers need to follow standard safety protocols at all times. This means all OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) safety regulations must be followed. OSHA standards help keep workplaces safe for employers, employees and even customers.
A worker's comp attorney can help you navigate the legal issues surrounding a work-related injury case. They can assist in filing any paperwork and offer the best course of action for receiving due compensation.