It is true that sometimes workplace accidents can happen without prior warning signs and be completely unavoidable. However, it is probably safe to say that a large portion of workplace accidents are preventable. With the right safety training, personal protection gear and equipment or tool maintenance, accidents are largely preventable.
Unfortunately, it is quite a task to maintain a safe and stable work environment and many employers struggle to do so. As a result, workplace accidents do occur in New Jersey and elsewhere. It is the responsibility of all employers to do everything they can to maintain a safe environment, but at the same time, workers can do their part to reduce accidents. When employees and employers practice safety together they can eliminate many of these common reasons accidents occur.
-- Taking shortcuts: Doing the job correctly is the best shortcut.
-- Neglecting safety measures: Employers and workers should always make sure safety procedures are followed to the letter.
-- Being mentally distracted: Workers should strive to leave their personal lives at home and always focus on the task at hand.
-- Being unprepared: Starting a job task without the right preparation can lead to hazardous situations.
-- Being overconfident: For workers who perform the same task repeatedly, being too confident could eventually result in an injury.
When workplace accidents occur despite you and your employer's safety procedures, workers' compensation is there to keep you whole as you recover. Filing a claim will ensure you can continue to support yourself in spite of medical expenses and missed work. Speaking with a lawyer in your area can help you receive the full amount of compensation you are due.
Source: Safety Partners, LTD, "7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents," Brett Gordon, accessed June 24, 2016