Workplace accidents, both fatal and nonfatal, are declining throughout the United States, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor which was released in 2013. However, employers and employees alike should not lull themselves into complacency as a result of this decline in workplace accidents. Workplace accidents can maim, severely injure and even kill employees, not to mention a reduction in productivity and increase costs for employers. Workplace accidents occur in many job categories, from a corporate office to high-risk jobs such as construction and other areas of public works.
Broken down, fatal work injuries in have always been seen in the construction sector. Particularly high risk are those who work as electricians and come in contact with danger zones on all types of job site. Several companies and websites offer suggestions on how to reduce work related accidents, and many employers enroll employees in safety courses. Here are some practices for prevention:
- When it comes to equipment instructions, it’s best not to take shortcuts. Stick to the instructions and work with diligence to make sure the job is done correctly.
- Be aware of your surroundings, and aware of any potential danger zones or possibilities.
- Make sure all company vehicles are inspected each month, and perform necessary repairs. Transportation in work-related incidents is also a cause of injury in the workplace.
- Dress appropriately for the weather if you work outside.
- Wear personal protective equipment, particularly if you work a high-risk job.
- Make sure the workplace is free of paper, debris, clutter and spills, and is orderly.
Workplace accidents happen, but they can be prevented when the proper care and precautions are taken to ensure a safe environment. If you have been injured at your workplace, or know someone who has been injured or died as a result of a work-related accident, you know that finding the right law firm who can best help you settle your personal injury case is key.