Many New Jersey workplace accidents are unique, but there are also certain scenarios that are common. Safety programs do not always provide the safety they are intended to give. When individuals are injured on the job, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation that will help to defray some of the costs associated with medical care and lost work wages after the accidents. These are some common workplace incidents that often lead to workers’ comp claims.
Failure to use protective equipment
Many jobs are intense operations that require specific safety equipment. Respirators are a prime example of necessary equipment that has recently come to the forefront, and failure to use masks or respirators can result in real problems over time. Safety apparel protecting the head area is also very important, and many times this piece of equipment is found inadequate in workers’ compensation cases.
Ladder and scaffolding accidents
Overhead work accident injuries routinely involve evidence of bad ladders or scaffolding equipment. Falls are actually some of the most common construction industry accident claims, and it does not take much elevation for very serious resulting injuries. Failure to use tie-off equipment is also common, but many times a lack of safety around the edges of a scaffold contributes, such as unsecured and marked edge walkways. Because of this, New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers always investigate scaffold accidents intently.
Another real problem with workplace accidents that could easily be avoided is poor housekeeping on the job. There is typically a place for everything in a working process, and everything should be returned to its proper location because trip hazards and clutter around the work area can build up easily. While OSHA standards may not apply to housekeeping practices in many cases, it can still be a sign of negligence in the workplace when workers’ compensation cases are settled.
If you think that you may have been involved in a workplace accident and have a workers’ comp claim, an attorney may be able to help you navigate the legal process.