It’s scary to think about how easily someone’s life can be ruined by a freak accident in Kentucky. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are all too common and can have devastating consequences for workers.
Most industries have rules and regulations designed to protect workers, such as getting certified to operate certain equipment. Even with these rules in place, there are a few accidents that are still common in many different workplaces.
Any sort of slip, trip, or fall
Slips, trips, and falls can happen in any type of workplace, regardless of the physical activity involved. Twisted ankles from tripping over rugs, concussions from falling downstairs, and slipping on a wet floor are all examples of injuries that may have a lasting impact.
The severity of the injury can depend on a variety of factors. In general, employers are expected to keep their work environment as free as possible from these types of hazards.
For example, wet floor signs need to be put up if a floor can’t be dried right away. And cables shouldn’t be placed in spaces where they might be a trip hazard.
Overexertion or repetitive stress injuries
Other common workplace injuries are a result of overexertion or repetitive stress. Doing the same movements over and over can cause a breakdown of the joints and tissues.
After a while, these muscles and joints become weaker and are more likely to tear, sprain, or otherwise give out. The severity of these injuries depends on the motion that was done when the injury occurred and how long it’s been building.
Vehicles and machinery related injuries
Workers who are in charge of operating heavy machinery or vehicles are also at a greater risk of a workplace accident. In workplaces that have them, these are the most common type of injuries due to the skill it takes to operate the machinery and vehicle.
Because of this though, the injuries tend to be more severe. Injuries from operating heavy machinery can include limb loss or paralysis.
It’s important to follow the rules and regulations that are put forth by your employer to keep you safe in the workplace. But if an accident happens at the workplace, it might be worth investigating if your employer could have prevented it.