No matter where you work in Southern Louisiana, there are dangers on the job. Work-related accidents can happen at any time no matter how careful you and your employer try to be. Some of the most common hazards are the ones you don't think about such as working in confined spaces, clutter in common areas and trips-and-falls over extension cords. Workers who are injured in these accidents may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits.
Dangers of Confined Spaces
One of the problems with working in a confined space is that you may not even realize you're doing so. Perhaps there is a clog in a drainage pipe, or someone has simply dropped something in the pipe, and you or a co-worker go into the pipe to retrieve it. While this doesn't appear to be a dangerous situation, it can be if someone gets distracted or a fire was to break out.
Often times, confined space injuries are due to your employer failing to consider the risk to his or her employees, or not issuing a permit before the task is carried out. With confined spaces comes the risk of fire, flood, and collapse of the surrounding structure.
Accidents caused due to items in walking areas
When you're at work, take a good look around not only your work area but the whole building. If you happen to notice clutter near or in front of fire exits this can lead to an accident. Of course, clutter in walking areas and in your work area can lead to an accident as well.
Also, take a look at how inventory or supplies are stacked. If they go too high, they may cut off a sprinkler. In addition, if items stacked overhead are not secured properly, then a serious head injury could occur if they were to fall.
Finally, water or other chemicals on the floor can easily lead to accidents and injuries. Slipping and falling on liquid are two of the most common situations that lead to injuries in the workplace.
Extension Cord Concerns
Often times, a company will save time by using multiple extension cords to supply power to a machine or work area. This can be a fire hazard. In addition, extension cords on the floor are easy to trip over.
Also, cords on the floor tend to wear out due to people stepping on them and forklifts running over them. This can cause the insulation to wear down and then the cords become a shock hazard.
Hopefully, you will never have to deal with a work-related injury, but if you do, it is best to ask a professional for help. If you are dealing with a workman's compensation claim be sure to seek help from an attorney right away. An attorney can help you determine all of your options.