Injuries on the job can happen to anyone. You may have thought that your duties did not pose much risk to you or that the safety measures in place would prevent you from getting hurt. Unfortunately, this notion does not always prove true, and you — like other Oklahoma workers — could easily end up suffering a serious injury. Even if you take precautions to avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk, those actions may not be enough.
In most cases, on-the-job accidents are preventable. Often, oversights in safety measures or failure to follow proper procedures can result in an incident that leads to injury. Even if you follow correct protocol, you could find yourself hurt if a co-worker acts negligently or an employer does not provide necessary safety equipment.
According to the National Safety Council, several on-the-job accidents commonly occur that people can avoid by taking necessary precautions. A few of the top 10 common preventable incidents that occur on the job include:
- Overexertion – This injury-causing action comes in as the most common preventable incident. It happens when workers try to do too much work on their own, attempt to lift objects incorrectly or that are too heavy, or do not take enough breaks when carrying out strenuous duties.
- Falls – Many workers, especially in the construction industry, perform work-related activities at height. Unfortunately, you could easily fall from a ladder, roof or other structure and suffer considerable injuries.
- Falling objects – Even if you do not fall yourself, you could suffer injuries in the event that someone drops a piece of equipment or materials fall off shelves or other work spaces.
- Machine injuries – When using equipment or machinery, injuries could easily occur if a limb or other body part becomes entangled in the machine. This could happen if loose clothing, hair, jewelry or other dangling objects get too close to the equipment.
These incidents do not have to occur if employers provide safety equipment, training on recognizing hazards and ensure that work areas are clean and materials secure.
Dealing with injuries
Though often preventable, some hazards slip through the cracks, and you could suffer serious injuries as a result. If so, you may wonder how you will handle the financial repercussions stemming from medical bills, time away from work and other issues resulting from your on-the-job injury. Luckily, workers’ compensation may be able to help bridge the financial gap created by this accident.