There are many kinds of workplace accidents that take place in various situations, so it’s important that you’re always looking for ways to maintain your safety in your work environment. Some of the most common injuries that take place include repetitive motion injuries, machine entanglements and motor vehicle accidents.
With repetitive motion injuries, people suffer injuries because of doing the same thing over and over again. For example, if you work in a factory on a conveyor line, you may have to perform the same movement 50 to 100 times per minute. This rapid, identical movement can wear down your joints, tendons and other parts of your body, leading to an injury from the strain the motion puts on your body.
With machine entanglement injuries, a person is caught in, pulled into, crushed by or otherwise involved in an accident with a piece of machinery. This sometimes leads to amputations, crushing injuries or other severe, life-threatening injuries. Most machine-related injuries can be prevented by using machinery guards, a safety requirement in most workplaces. If your employer foregoes the safety guards to save time or money, it is an important safety violation.
Finally, motor vehicle accidents can be a workplace accident. If you are driving for the purpose of work, then getting into an accident can be considered compensable through workers’ compensation. For instance, if you’re a truck driver who is struck by another driver and injured, you should be able to receive compensation for the injuries you suffered while performing your duties.
Our website has information on workers’ compensation claims and what you can do if you were hurt at work.