You’re careful. Your driving record is spotless. Your nickname definitely isn’t “Crash” or “Klutz.” Why should you have to think about the causes of accidents at work? You don’t check your normal caution at the office door, right?
Some of the most common causes of accidents at work could surprise you.
When your supervisor holds training sessions on how to properly lift and move heavy objects, don’t stare off into space, thinking about lunch. Improper technique is the number-one cause of accidents at work. You don’t have to work heavy labor to get the same kinds of injuries. If your office job requires lifting relatively light loads, like books, files, and paper, make sure you’re doing it properly to avoid injury. Even sitting the wrong way in your computer chair can cause a repetitive stress injury.
Factory workers certainly must be conscious of obstacles at the floor level. But what about office workers? A bottom file cabinet drawer carelessly left open spilled coffee, a wastebasket not returned to its proper place, or an exposed computer cord can cause just as serious an injury.
Employees are expected to leave their off-time lives at the office door, but the reality is that day-to-day worries over family, money, and pressing schedules are among the leading causes of accidents at work. If you’re in a texting argument with your teenager, do it while you’re sitting down safely in a chair, not while walking around, glaring at your phone. You might trip over something or walk into a door. At worst, you might forget to follow some other safety procedure and thus endanger someone else.
We know you do your best to avoid the main causes of accidents at work. But if the worst happens, call us to ensure that you receive just and fair compensation.