Common Hazards in the Workplace
Protecting Industrial Workers
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the number of workplace hazards as well as employee
exposure to them has been significantly reduced. The result has been fewer
accidents across all sectors of industry, affecting workers in all disciplines.
Advances in safety equipment and the use of technological resources to
reduce accident rates have made the American workplace much safer for
workers today than it was generations ago.
Even so, more efforts need to be made to counter the hundreds of thousands
of electrocutions, slip and fall accidents, chemical burns, scaffolding
accidents, and injuries from falling objects, flying debris, and defective
machinery that still occur every year. Many of these hazards result in serious
workplace injuries in the American workplace.
What are the most common workplace hazards?
Some of the most common hazards that industrial employees face include:
Reluctance to invest in new and high quality machinery may cause employers
to continue to provide defective, unsafe, and flawed equipment and machinery
in the workplace. The industrial accidents that result from these hazards
crushing injuries, and other severe injuries.
Anytime there is work activity overhead, workers below are at risk for
injuries from falling objects. These are actually easy to prevent, but
the statistics of workers who are injured, maimed, or killed because of
falling objects in the workplace are still too high for comfort.
Blamed for the inordinate number of
eye injuries caused in the workplace each year, flying debris in the form of cement
dust, wood chips and shaving, metal slivers, mineral dust, and other kinds
of debris may not be completely avoidable, but the accidents that result
from them are. High-quality personal protection gear, including face shields,
safety glasses, and goggles can reduce the risks from these workplace hazards.
Although OSHA regulations define permissible limits for the exposure of
chemicals in the workplace and recommend protective personal gear that
can prevent inhalation or ingestion in any form, too many workers are
burned or suffer eye, face, and skin injuries because of
toxic chemical exposure. The most significant impact of such exposure can appear over the long-term
as deadly diseases develop.
Many pieces of machinery in an industrial environment may be dangerous
or unsafe by their very nature, especially logging equipment, food slicers,
meat grinders, and other machinery. However, that does not mean that accidents
involving them cannot be prevented through adequate workplace safety training,
proper use of protective safety gear, guarding of equipment, and proper
If you would like to learn more about workplace hazards and how it can
affect your claim,
contact Arnold & Itkin.