New Brunswick Workplace Injury Lawyer Shares Common Workplace Injuries
The United States Department of Labor (OSHA) is responsible for the health and safety of millions of workers across the United States. OSHA reported that work-related injuries are on the decline. Back in 1972, it reported 10.9 incidents per 100 workers and in 2020, that number dropped to 2.7 per 100 workers. While it is promising to see that work-related injuries are down, workers are still getting injured on the job in New Brunswick. At Clark Law Firm, P.C., our New Brunswick workplace injury lawyer shares some common workplace injuries to be aware of.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are common in Middlesex County. A worker may slip on wet or slippery floor. They may also slip on an object on the floor such as a nail, oil, liquids, food, equipment, and other foreign objects.
Workplace injuries can also occur from a fall at work. A worker may fall from a defective ladder or unstable railings, unsteady scaffolding, trip over a piece of furniture, or fall due to poor lighting and many factors can contribute to injuries at work.
Muscle Strain Injuries
Many warehouse and factory workers may be required to perform work that requires lifting heavy objects. If a worker who normally uses equipment to lift heavy objects now has to perform this work manually because a machine is broken may end up with a muscle strain injury. It is important to also consider if the employer offered the proper training on how to safely lift heavy objects at work and/or additional safety training. If a worker lifts equipment the wrong way, it could leave to a muscle strain injury or even a more severe injury.
Workers Struck by Equipment or Falling Objects
These types of injuries may occur on construction job sites or even in factories and warehouses. It is possible that a New Brunswick worker could get injured by falling materials or tools at a construction site. A warehouse worker could get hit by falling boxes or furniture. A worker could also have gotten pushed by another worker or shoved which resulted in them being struck by a foreign object.
Harmful Irritants or Chemicals in the Workplace
Harmful irritants can range from mold in the workplace to a spill at a chemical plant. Workplace injuries that occurred because of harmful irritants or chemicals can result in severe injuries. These injuries may cause damage to one’s respiratory system, as well as eye, ears, and skin injuries.
Workers should take precautions to prevent from these types of injuries by utilizing safety googles, gloves, proper ear protection, and being well-informed of the chemical safety data information.
Did You Incur a Workplace Injury in Middlesex County?
If you were injured on the job, consult with a New Brunswick workplace lawyer to discuss your case. Call Clark Law Firm P.C. today at 1-877-841-8855 or fill out the “request a consultation” form to discuss your workplace injury. Clark Law Firm handles workplace injury cases in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Essex County.