New York employers are required to take reasonable steps to keep their workers safe, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t experience a workplace injury. In some cases, your own lack of attention to detail may result in a fall from heights, a motor vehicle accident, or a hit from a falling object. Take a closer look at some of the other common workplace injuries and how you may be able to avoid them.
Minor incidents can escalate without warning
There’s a good chance that you don’t get along with everyone who you work with. Your colleagues may be stressed, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise not thinking clearly. If a coworker threatens you with violence, it’s important to take action before the situation escalates. Ideally, you’ll talk to your boss or call the authorities immediately after a threat is made.
Overexertion injuries happen with alarming frequency
Overexertion injuries typically occur when you use an improper lifting technique or are required to make repetitive motions throughout the day. Often, this puts an inordinate amount of strain on joints, ligaments, and tendons. In some cases, improper lifting techniques can result in stress fractures to bones in your hands, legs, or feet. If you strain a muscle, tear a ligament, or break a bone while on the job, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Ideally, you will report a workplace accident to your supervisor as quickly as possible. It’s also in your best interest to seek medical treatment no more than 24 hours after being hurt on the job. This may maximize your chances of having a workers’ compensation claim approved in a timely manner.