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Hazards in The Workplace

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2016, a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers. Below are some of the most common hazards in industrial and office workplace environments.

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Hazards in The Workplace

  1. 1. HAZARDS IN THE WORKPLACE According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2016, a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers. Below are some of the most common hazards in industrial and office workplace environments. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  2. 2. INDUSTRIAL/JOB-SITE INJURIES These can occur on construction sites, in warehouses and on other workplace premises where a lot of physical activity takes place. Those who are injured on a job site should take note of the environment at the time of the accident; it can change quickly if managers try to cover up evidence of negligence or if third parties who may have had a hand in the accident try to avoid liability in hopes of avoiding a civil lawsuit CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  3. 3. FALLS Falls can occur through wall openings, holes in the floor and from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and unprotected edges at height. Years of research reveal that the proper use of guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers, restraint harnesses and safety training can significantly lower workplace fall- related injuries and deaths. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  4. 4. STRUCK BY AN OBJECT Workers can be hit by a vehicle (like a forklift) or by flying, falling, swinging or rolling objects. Aggressive worker training can decrease the incidence of these accidents. Workers should never place themselves between moving and fixed objects. They should always wear high- visibility clothing (or vests) and be conscious of suspended objects which might be above them as they work. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  5. 5. ELECTROCUTIONS Power lines, improper grounding, faulty power cords and incorrect use of equipment are the most common causes of workplace electrocutions. Protective equipment must always be used when working with electric power tools. Employers should keep a complete list of all electrical hazards and prominently post warning signs to alert workers of these risks. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  6. 6. CAUGHT IN/BETWEEN Workers can be seriously injured when caught in or compressed by equipment or objects. They may be struck or crushed by collapsing structures or trenches. Continued safety instruction to make workers more aware of their surroundings and how to use approved safety equipment are the best remedies. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  7. 7. OFFICE HAZARDS Business offices also have safety vulnerabilities. Many office workers are injured every year while on the job. Ongoing workplace safety programs and safety awareness are essential to protect office workers. Below are a few of the more prominent sources of office injuries. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  8. 8. SLIPPING AND FALLING Incorrect ways to reach for high objects are the No. 1 cause of office slips and falls. Workers should always use a ladder and know how to do so safely. Exposed wiring on floors, upturned carpet edges, floors that are wet or dusty, and clutter next to desks and near traffic areas can also cause injuries due to slips/trips and falls. All obstacles of any kind need to be off the floor or away from common traffic areas. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  9. 9. STACKING AND LIFTING Most offices have stacks of file boxes and other materials. But an accidental “bump” can cause them to come crashing down on a fellow worker. Improper stacking of boxes or other materials can also encourage improper lifting and cause a back injury. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  10. 10. REPETITIVE MOTIONS Many office jobs involve endless hours at a computer, with little movement beyond manipulating a mouse or stroking a keyboard. This can result in repetitive-motion injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome. Managers and workers must use ergonomic tools and encourage more active workplace habits (like periodically standing and stretching) to counter these office workplace hazards. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  11. 11. FIRE HAZARDS Preventing fires and eliminating fire sources should be ongoing. Many office materials are quite combustible. Some even emit toxic fumes when burning. Habitual monitoring of extension cord integrity and electrical wiring helps eliminate fire dangers. And all office workers should be trained in the use of fire extinguishers and the location of exits. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364
  12. 12. IF YOU WERE INJURED AT WORK If you or a loved one has been injured at work, the attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you recover all damage compensation that is rightfully due you. Please contact us to arrange a free consultation, or give us a call at (516) 399-2364. CALL US AT: 516-399-2364

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