Under federal law, workers are entitled to a safe working space. Employers have a responsibility to provide necessary instruction and equipment to make the jobsite safe. However, injures occur too often. At Levinson Axelrod, we want you to protect yourself from potential harm. By knowing the top dangers in the workplace, you can better avoid them.
Trip and falls are one of the most common reasons for an injury at work. Construction sites, in particular, have many hazards that can cause someone to trip. It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure the environment is safe to work in. They should make sure that the floor is dry, there are no loose wires or cables, and that employees have enough light to see.
Fires can start in virtually any workspace. If building codes are not met, if flammable substances are improperly handled, or if equipment is poorly maintained, a fire can start. Employees should have the proper gear and training when working in a volatile environment. Employers must also have evacuation plans if a fire does start.
Chemical hazards can arise from a variety of different factors. Workers can be affected through exposure to chemical solids, vapors, liquids, and fumes. Many of these substances can be highly dangerous. Employees who work with chemicals should have the appropriate training and knowledge about what they are dealing with. Employers should procure safety gear and equipment to protect the workers.
4. Repetitive Stress Injury
When an individual constantly commits the same movement for a prolonged period, they put stress on specific muscles and bones in the body. This can lead to soreness and serious injuries. Employers should allow breaks to help reduce the pain.
5. Electrical Hazards
Employees who work with wires and cables are at greater risks for electrocution or fire. Those who work with live wires or cords must handle with care. Employers should make sure that cables are not frayed or torn and that employees have the proper gear and training to work with electrical objects.
6. Falling Objects
Construction zones and buildings have the highest possibility for falling object. A worker who is struck by a falling object can be seriously hurt or even killed. It is important that places like construction sites require hardhats and protective coverings.
7. Faulty Machines
Some jobs require employees to operate heavy machinery such as bulldozers and cranes. If these machines are not properly maintained, extensive damage and injury can occur. It is important that employers or third-party providers of the machines maintain them.
We believe that you should be able to work without fear of injury. If you sustained a work-related injury, you might be eligible for compensation. Contact our New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Levinson Axelrod today for a free consultation.