There is an old adage that says “accidents happen.” It’s a popular phrase that you have probably heard, because it’s true. When accidents happen in the workplace, the injured employee often faces a long road of recovery, doctor visits, paperwork and overall headaches. If the accident results in an injury that keeps an employee out of work for an extended period of time, there may also be an impact on their wallet and overall financial security.
Georgia residents whose jobs involve working with powered industrial trucks may see a change in safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering changes to its standards for powered industrial trucks used in construction, maritime and general industry. The agency put out a request for information on March 11. Comments and information will be accepted until June 10.
An under-reported cause of workplace injury in Georgia and across the United States is shoulder injury related to landing gear cranking. A recent study now shows that through strategic positioning, it is possible to prevent injury to truck drivers while raising or lowering trailers.
Avoiding the five most common workplace accidents
All employees in Georgia, whether they work in the construction, retail or agricultural industry, should know about the following five types of workplace accidents and how to avoid them. First on the list are slip, trip and fall accidents. Slips can be caused by wet or oily surfaces, weather hazards and spills that are not taken care of in time. Workers may also trip in poorly lit areas and on torn carpeting, loose cables and clutter.