Depending on the type of work you perform, you might spend a significant amount of your working hours on your feet. Whether this is the case or not, it is important to take care to avoid a foot injury at work.
There are two ways you can suffer a foot injury at work: in a one-time accident or from prolonged stress. Injuries sustained under either circumstance enable the injured worker to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. When a workplace accident results in the permanent loss or damage to one or both feet, the worker may be entitled to receive additional compensation in the form of permanent partial or total benefits.
Workplace Foot Injury Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), American workers suffer more than 60,000 foot injuries each year. These injuries cause them to miss days at work, often causing them to miss wages and workplace opportunities. In 75 percent of these cases, the injured worker was not in compliance with workplace safety regulations.
It does not require a lot of weight to damage the foot. In 80 percent of the cases listed above, workers’ injuries were caused by impact between the foot and an object weighing 30 pounds or less.
According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the average cost of a foot injury resulting in one or more lost workdays is $9,600.
How Can I Avoid a Foot Injury at Work?
Just like you can take steps to avoid injury to your hands, face, and back, you can take safety precautions at work to protect your feet from injury. Below are a few safety tips to consider.
- Wear appropriate footwear for your work environment. If you work with heavy equipment or materials, wear shoes that have steel or composite toe protection to keep your feet safe from impact with falling objects. If electrical hazards are part of your job environment, be sure to wear shoes with electrical hazard (EH) protective soles. In a restaurant or other work environment where wet, slippery floors are a concern, always be sure to wear non-skid shoes
- If you stand for prolonged periods, wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes and take regular sitting breaks
- Clean up after yourself and take care to maintain an uncluttered work environment. Do not leave items on the floor. Instead, put them on shelves after use. If you spill liquid on the floor or see a spill, clean it up promptly.
Vineland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Can Help You Pursue Your Workers’ Compensation Claim After a Foot Injury
If you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to pursue compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. To learn more about your rights as an injured worker and how you can seek the money you deserve, fill out our online form or call 609-476-4044 x 203 to set up your legal consultation with a Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Rone & Kowalski, LLC. Our office is located in Milmay, New Jersey and we work with clients in Bridgeton, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Vineland, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.