Workplace Hazards and Injuries

The workplace is full of potential hazards to those who earn a living there. There are three common types of workplace accidents that can occur: slips and falls, electrical accidents and manual handling injuries.

Slips, Trips and Falls
The slip, trip or fall is the most common workplace accident. These accidents could result in serious injuries to the victim, including whiplash. Whiplash is caused when the muscles of the neck are severely overextended. It is a common injury in car accident victims, but it could also be caused by an accidental fall.

Electrical Accidents
Electrical accidents can be fatal, depending on the level of electrical voltage to which the victim is subjected. Electrical accidents can lead to electrocution (death by electric shock), broken bones and severe burns. Burns will often be worse at the points where the electrical current entered and exited the body.

Manual Handling Injuries
Manual handling injuries may happen when a person uses a significant amount of force to lift, push, carry, or otherwise move an object. Employers are required to provide the proper equipment to keep employees safe and to ensure that they receive proper training on how to handle heavy objects. Employer neglect on these requirements could lead to employee injury.

For all workplace injuries, the first step is to receive prompt medical treatment. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury if your employer is at fault. The next step is to consult a lawyer about your predicament.

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