New Jersey boasts a diverse job market, but many occupations pose potential hazards that can lead to accidents.
For every 100 workers in the private sector, three suffered a workplace related illness or injury in 2019. Employers can often help prevent common workplace accidents and workers’ compensation claims with training and taking adequate safety measures.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of workplace accidents across the state. Wet floors, cluttered walkways and uneven surfaces are potential culprits.
To prevent such incidents, always keep work areas tidy and promptly address any spills. Proper signage and non-slip flooring can also reduce these accidents.
Falling objects pose a substantial risk in warehouses, construction sites and retail spaces.
To mitigate this hazard, ensure that heavy objects are securely stored and stacked and use proper safety equipment like helmets and protective headgear.
Strains and Sprains
Lifting heavy objects and repetitive motions can lead to strains and sprains in the muscles and joints. Always use proper lifting techniques, seek assistance when handling bulky items and take regular breaks to rest and stretch. Ergonomically designed workstations can also help prevent injuries.
Faulty wiring, exposed wires and overloaded circuits can lead to shocks or even fires. Regular inspections and maintenance of electrical systems are crucial.
Additionally, employees should know and follow proper electrical safety procedures.
For those who work in transportation or industries that involve driving, vehicle accidents are a concern. Obey traffic laws, wear seatbelts and avoid distractions while driving.
Regular maintenance of company vehicles ensures they are in optimal working condition.
In industries involving chemicals, exposure can lead to a range of health issues. The proper storage, handling and disposal of chemicals can prevent serious injury.
Providing employees with adequate personal protective equipment and thorough training on chemical safety protocols is often required by law.
Staying vigilant and informed about potential workplace hazards is key to preventing accidents and the need to file workers’ compensation claims.