For New Jersey workers, it is important to keep track of accident trends, why they occur and to formulate strategies to avoid them. This is particularly true given the societal situation that has been ongoing for nearly two years. Unfortunately, workplace injuries and loss of life still happen and knowing why can be crucial to taking the necessary steps for prevention. After an accident with injuries, it is also vital to be aware of the process to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
The most common workplace hazards for New Jersey public sector employees
Recently, 2021’s most common workplace hazards were listed. According to the Office of Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH), workers in the public sector faced specific risks. Workers can be injured if there is an emergency and they have no exit route or plan to flee the workplace. Proper evacuation strategies can save lives and prevent injuries, but an absence of proper markings and blocked exits is the most common concern. Being shocked, burned or electrocuted after electrical, circuit issues, dampness and fires are obvious problems that put workers in jeopardy. If a workplace deals with hazardous energy, there must be safety protocols to follow. Any misstep or failure in maintenance can put workers at risk.
Machinery must have guards to keep workers from being injured. An example is a saw which can cause cuts and amputations. Without sufficient guards, workers can suffer severe and even permanent damage. The simple act of walking can be problematic if there are holes, unmarked and open grates, platforms and other hazards. Improperly stored items are a frequent cause of injury. Toxic substances and other hazardous materials can make workers ill and cause injury. When working with gases or flammable substances, workers and emergency personnel are prone to injuries with extended consequences.
Those injured on the job should know the steps to receive workers’ compensation
While these frequent catalysts for worker injuries were based on the public sector, private sector workers can also face similar challenges. Injured workers may need medical care, lose income and wonder what will happen if they are unable to do the same type of work as before. Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to help those who are confronted with these issues after a work accident. Still, there can be disputes as to the severity of the injury, what kind of treatment is needed, how much the payments will be and more. Having help to maximize the coverage is key and consulting with those who are experienced in worker injuries can assess the case and take the necessary steps to pursue a claim.