4 causes of workplace injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries

Workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone involved in an organization. Obviously, New York employers must create policies and procedures that promote safety within the workplace, but employees should take steps to protect themselves, too. Regardless of the industry you work in, be sure to look out for these four common causes of workplace injuries.


Falls are responsible for most workplace injuries, thanks in large part to the number of possible causes. For instance, uneven flooring leads to trips in retail spaces while unattended equipment creates numerous tripping hazards along construction sites. Since workplace falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, employees and employers should strive to keep any walkways clear of obstacles.

Motor vehicle accidents

While most people think of accidents happening on a job site when discussing workplace injuries, there are plenty of other causes. Motor vehicle accidents lead to countless workers’ compensation claims every year. Employees who spend time in vehicles performing tasks for their company should comply with all traffic laws and avoid distractions.


Injuries in which employees suffer electrocution regularly happen in the construction industry. However, that’s not the only industry that faces electrocution risks. Warehouses and other supply chain jobs that rely on conveyer belts and pieces of large manufacturing equipment involve high voltage which creates an inherent electrocution risk for employees.

Chemical exposure

According to state and federal guidelines, toxic materials must bear labels that illustrate what they are and what category of chemical they fall under. While spills are often unavoidable, employers should be sure to follow these labeling laws. Additionally, employees must wear protective eyewear, gloves, and other pieces of PPE when dealing with any sort of chemical in the workplace.

Virtually every workplace accident is preventable. However, it is the responsibility of everyone involved to create a safe working environment.