Despite strict regulations aimed at preventing workplace accidents, on-the-job injuries are alarmingly common in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,821 work-related fatalities in 2014 – which marked the first workplace fatality rate increase since 2010.
The vast majority of these deaths were preventable. Employers and workers can significantly reduce their risk by:
- Cleaning up slipping and tripping hazards;
- Removing fire hazards;
- And securing objects so they do not fall.
If you were injured while working in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation with a Gulfport injury attorney.
Let’s take a closer look at four simple and effective ways to prevent workplace accidents:
- Clean up Slipping and Tripping Hazards
In 2013, trips, slips and falls were the second leading cause of non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries in the United States, according to Safety and Health Magazine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that workplaces must be orderly and clean to prevent these accidents.
Workplace floors should be free of debris and tripping hazards. Employees should understand that spills must be addressed immediately to prevent slips. This is particularly important in restaurant kitchens and supermarkets with slick floors, as well as construction sites. Workers in these professions should wear shoes with slip-resistant soles to minimize their risk.
- Remove Fire Hazards
Employers and employees must handle combustible materials with care. These items should remain in the areas where they are needed and be stored in safe containers – away from ignition sources.
Also, workers should change their clothes after handling flammable liquids. Finally, employers should ensure that passageways and fire escape routes remain unobstructed.
It’s easy to associate workplace injuries with truck accidents, exposed electric wires and heavy machinery. However, many employers overlook the fact that dust can cause respiratory complications and pose a fire hazard if it builds up significantly. All workplace surfaces should be kept clean to minimize these risks.
- Secure Objects So They Do Not Fall
There’s a reason why OSHA requires construction site workers to wear hard hats: Falling objects can cause traumatic brain injuries. In fact, more than 8 percent of construction site deaths in 2014 involved struck-by-object accidents – making this the third most common cause of construction fatalities.
Unfortunately, falling items pose a threat in many professions. If you store items on high shelves, make sure they are secure.
If you or a family member was injured at work, contact a Gulfport accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer.