3 common types of workplace accidents you should know about

You already know that accidents can happen anywhere in St. Louis without any reason. As a precaution, you take your time and are extra cautious when you notice issues that might cause you harm. But what you might not realize is how dangerous your workplace might be. 

No workplace is entirely hazard free. It might not be easy for you to spot every potential danger that could lead to accidents, injury and death on the job. However, knowing the common types of workplace accidents may help you avoid them. Here is a brief overview of three accidents that often happen in workplaces across the country. 

1. Slip and falls 

Obstructions, moisture, falling objects and poor floor conditions often lead to slip-and-fall accidents. Damaged carpets and stairs, missing support rails and poor lighting are also contributing factors to fall accidents. 

2. Defective equipment 

From a frayed cord to bald tires, defective equipment can have disastrous results. You and your co-workers should help your employer identify issues, testing equipment according to schedule and reporting possible risks. When broken items need servicing, it is important to label them or take them out of commission to prevent others from using them and becoming hurt.  

3. Improper lifting

Your employer may expect you to move things from one shelf to another, or to carry boxes from the back room to the office or the store. While this may be all in day’s work, one wrong lift or twist could leave you in a world of hurt. Back braces, dollies and forklifts are often necessary equipment, or you may just need to call a co-worker to help you out. 

If you become hurt while on the job because of an accident, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Your level of fault does not prevent you from seeking compensation unless you clearly violate workplace policy or the law. There are other factors that can affect the outcome of your claim. You might want to consider speaking to an attorney for guidance to prevent complications that could cause delays in your benefit payments.