There are many different factors that can contribute to how safe – or dangerous – a given workplace is. In order to cultivate a safe work culture, you must plan ahead and consider a wide range of possibilities. While some industries are inherently more dangerous than others (such as construction), accidents can happen at any time and any place. The Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) is in place in order to ensure employees are provided with a workplace that is free from hazards, but this does not always take place. We understand why many accidents and injuries occur in the workplace, which gives us the information we need in order to take the right preventative measures. With this, it is also helpful to have a general understanding of the most common workplace hazards. In doing so, you will be better prepared to avoid serious accidents, thus protecting you and your workers.
By taking the time to keep your employees safe, you will be creating a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace. Workplace accidents don’t just put you behind, they can lead to serious injuries and lawsuits. In order to understand how to keep your workplace safe and free of accidents that could lead to injury, let’s look at some of the most common workplace hazards:
Clutter and Lack of Cleanliness – One of the most common causes of workplace accidents is a messy worksite. This applies to all industries and could be anything from clutter blocking emergency exits to electrical cords lying around. Not only can cluttered workspaces make slip and fall accidents more likely, but they can also prevent employees from being able to get to safety quickly in the event of an emergency.
Chemicals – Depending on the industry, employees could be at risk of serious health hazards if they are exposed to toxic chemicals. There are many different substances that could be harmful, including fumes, gases, liquids, solids, dust, vapors, and corrosives.
Electrical Hazards – Whether your team works directly with electricity or simply work in an office, electrical hazards pose serious dangers. Accidents caused by electrocution, faulty wiring, or using power tools outside during inclement weather all happen on a regular basis, often resulting in life-threatening injuries.
Falls and Falling Objects – Employees who work at elevated heights or who are around objects that have the potential to fall and hit them are at an inherent risk. Whenever objects are stored at or above head level, there is a risk of injury. This is why it is so important for construction workers to wear safety gear, such as a hard hat or harness. Make sure guardrails are installed when necessary, as this could prevent a costly accident.
Forklift Accidents – Forklifts are used across a wide range of industries, so it should come as no surprise that they are to blame for many different types of accidents. Distraction is often to blame for these accidents taking place, which is why it is so important that anyone operating a forklift is adequately trained and prepared.
Accidents happen every single day within a wide range of industries. If you have sustained an injury due to a workplace hazard, please give the Adjadj Legal Group a call. Our San Diego workplace accident attorneys are prepared to take on your case and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.