Slips, Falls & Other Workplace Injuries

caution wet floor sign on wet tile floor near stairs to prevent slip, falls and other workplace injuries

According to Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets, 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors. 22% of slip and fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that it is very easy to get injured in the workplace. Most slips are caused by stepping on wet or oily surfaces, poor traction in some parts of the floor, loose carpeting, and weather hazards. Trips may be caused by clutter, poor lighting, uneven walking surfaces, and obstructed view. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent most slips, falls, and other workplace injuries. The following are some common injuries at work to look out for.

Workplace Injuries at Restaurants

Burns

Working in a restaurant, you need to be careful when working with hot appliances such as ovens and deep fryers. They are some of the most common causes of fires. Restaurant employees can avoid burns by wearing protective gloves and oven mitts. Employees should always stick to the manufacturer’s instructions when operating appliances.

Slips and Falls

Greasy floors and wet surfaces can cause slips and falls. They can cause fractures and sprains. Employees can avoid injuries by wearing slip-resistant footwear and using non-slip mats. Management or human resources may make recommendations on footwear or be alerted if non-slip mats are needed in certain areas.

Cuts

Employees in restaurants can get cut by knives, meat slicers, or broken glass. It is wise to wear protective gloves to protect yourself from cuts and lacerations. Employees should get enough sufficient training before using sharp utensils and machines.

Injuries at the Office

Even though working at the office poses fewer safety risks than working outside, it is not 100% safe. There are plenty of injuries that can occur at the office. They include:

Slips & Falls

Just because you don’t work in a restaurant doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance of slipping or tripping and falling. There could be spilling in the kitchen or on another tiled surface or uncovered, unprotected cords can cause you to trip and fall.

Ergonomic Injuries

Ergonomic injuries are the injuries which occur as a result of repetitive motions. The injuries include neck pain, foot pain, and nerve damage. Ergonomic injuries are not limited to office positions but also in the food service industry caused by lifting trays and containers with dirty dishes, moving tables and chairs when trying to give customers seating, and reaching across tables to clear. To prevent ergonomic injuries, restaurants should invest in anti-fatigue step stools and mats, encouraging employees to take regular breaks, and using the right tools and equipment to reduce employee exertion.

Using workstations that are ergonomically incorrect can lead to injuries. All employers should invest in ergonomic tools, equipment, and workstations. Putting too much physical stress on employees may lead to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs occur when there is a repetitive movement which puts a lot of pressure on nerves, computer screens that are too high or too low, poor posture and working for long hours sitting without taking breaks.

Employees that are injured at work may be eligible for compensation, depending on whether the employer has workers’ compensation or other non-subscriber insurance. The first step is to inform your supervisor and start the process of seeking workers’ compensation. Acting fast is important if you want to prevent delays; make sure you report your injury immediately.

Avoid speaking to anyone other than your insurance provider and attorney. Get a lawyer to help you navigate the process. They will provide you with all the information you need to know about personal injury law. For help finding a worker’s compensation lawyer or personal injury attorney, contact the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas (LRS).  The initial consultation is up to 30 minutes at no cost.

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