Types Of Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents happen every day. While there may not be a way to prevent all work-related injuries , understanding the common risks associated with accidents at work can help minimize injuries and even death. Whether you work on a construction site or in an office environment, each workplace comes with its own set of risks for injury.

The following are among the most common types of workplace accidents:

  • Burn accidents Burn injuries can result from toxic chemicals, electrical components, welding equipment, open flames, or even hot machinery. Due to the nature of burn accidents, the recovery and healing process is typically lengthy.
  • Commercial driving accidents Transportation accidents are a risk for anyone who operates a vehicle while at work, ranging from driving a truck, to running errands for a boss, to even riding a tractor on a farm. Broken bones, head injuries, internal bleeding, and other related injuries can result from a work-related motor vehicle accident.
  • Construction accidents — Employees working on a construction site face some of the most hazardous risks of any field. Construction accidents commonly result in injuries from being struck by scaffolding or heavy machinery, becoming wedged between objects, collisions with trucks, falls and related accidents.
  • Electrocution accidents — Electricians and construction workers are most at risk for an electrocution accident, but anyone can become a victim of an electrical shock. Live wires, electrical components near wet floors, and other hazards can lead to serious burns or even internal damage.
  • Fall accidents — While falls may be the most common in the construction industry, even an office worker can slip and fall from a slippery floor or using a ladder to reach something. Fall accidents can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis and more.
  • Fatal work accidents — Fatal workplace accidents have declined notably in recent years, but are still a real and present threat for many workers. Fatalities are the most common result in fall accidents.
  • Health care accidents — Nurses, doctors, aides, orderlies and other medical professionals are at risk of injury in a variety of health care accidents. Some of the most common causes of health care worker injuries involve lifting patients, needle sticks, assaults or violence by patients, slip and falls and exposure to diseases and dangerous chemicals.
  • Manufacturing accidents — Any time an employee is operating or in close proximity to heavy equipment, they are at risk for injury. This is especially true in the manufacturing industry, as manufacturing equipment is often big and easy to get caught in.
  • Office accidents — While it may not be what most people picture when they think of workplace injuries, the office can pose serious threats to workers. The most common injuries workers can suffer from in an office accident are repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome that often comes from typing intensive work.
  • Restaurant/kitchen accidents Restaurant accidents can result in injuries for kitchen workers ranging from cuts and lacerations from knives and slicers; burns from hot appliances, steam, or hot cooking liquids; slip and falls on wet or greasy floors; and more.
  • Slip-and-fall accidents Slips - and-fall accidents are commonplace in many workplaces. Floor surfaces that are not properly cleaned or cleared of debris can quickly lead to a worker becoming injured. These accidents can be avoided with regular maintenance of walkways.
  • Toxic exposure — An employee that works near toxic or harmful chemicals such as fumes or asbestos, is at risk for long-term health complications. Wearing proper safety goggles or breathing masks can help stave off some of the effects.
  • Warehouse/factory accidents — The nature of warehouse work can be inherently dangerous putting factory workers at risk of a variety of injuries from a warehouse accident on the job.

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At Rone & Kowalski, LLC, our Vineland workers' compensation lawyers provide support for any worker injured while on the job. Whether you are a construction worker who fell from a high ladder, or an office worker that has a wrist injury from typing for too long, we can help.

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