Three hidden workplace hazards that can cause injury, death

When was the last time you took the time to pinpoint any safety hazards at your place of employment?

If you don't know the answer to this question, it may be time to take a closer look in the near future. Remember this: It only takes one hazard to cause a serious injury or even death.

When it comes to workplace safety hazards, some are more common than others. Here are several that you should be aware of at all times:

  • Working at height. This comes into play in a variety of industries, such as construction. For example, there are people who work on the top of buildings every day of their life. Unfortunately, a simple mistake, such as using a defective ladder, can lead to an accident.
  • Poor maintenance. This remains a major problem in almost every industry imaginable. For example, warehouse workers use forklifts to save time and work in a more efficient manner. In the event of improper maintenance, there is a chance that this type of equipment could cause an accident.
  • Chemical exposure. While this doesn't come into play in every industry, it can be extremely dangerous in those in which chemicals are regularly used. For example, some people aren't trained to use a certain type of chemical. Along with this, there are times when chemicals are not disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Despite the fact that there are many workplace safety hazards, some people never consider the fact that they could suffer an injury (or become) ill as the result of their job. Instead, they assume that just because they never ran into trouble in the past that this will hold true in the future.

If you or a loved one was injured as the result of a workplace safety hazard, you should do a few things:

  • Learn more about the cause of the accident
  • Receive immediate medical treatment
  • Report the accident and injury to your employer
  • Talk to an attorney and consider filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits

When you take these steps, you will feel better about what the future will bring. In the event that your workers' compensation claim is denied, don't stop there. Instead, follow the process for filing an appeal.

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