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Common ways that workplace accidents occur

| Nov 2, 2020 | Blog, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Accident

Wisconsin residents should know what sort of hazards they face on a day-to-day basis on the job. The following are potential causes of workplace accidents that are common across different industries.

Fatigued, dehydrated and stressed workers

The first three factors arise from workers themselves: fatigue, dehydration and stress. The first is usually linked with workers not taking a break, especially those who engage in physically demanding activities. The results can be atrophy and exhaustion. As for dehydration, this can lead to outdoor workers suffering from heat stroke. Stress can negatively affect a worker’s thoughts and emotions and make them less attentive to their surroundings.

Tripping, lifting heavy items and more

Another common cause of accidents is tripping and falling, normally connected to slippery floors and workers wearing improper footwear. Poor lighting is also a widespread factor. There are many cases of workers lifting the wrong way or lifting something too heavy for them without asking for help. The consequences can include muscle strain, sprains and tears.

If workers don’t wear the right personal protective equipment or have a material safety data sheet to refer to, they may be injured by hazardous materials. Lastly, workers are known to be the victims of assault. It could be a customer or a co-worker who perpetrates this act of violence.

Seeking compensation for work-related injuries

Workplace accidents can form the basis for a claim under workers’ compensation law, but you may want a lawyer by your side before you go through with one. While you don’t need to prove that you were the victim of anyone’s negligence, you may find yourself having to file an appeal because the employer denies payment. A lawyer may prove helpful in this matter and in others, such as when considering whether to settle.