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5 top workplace hazards

Every workplace has hazards. Whether you work in an office or construction site, you may get hurt and need compensation for your injuries. But how do you know what is most likely to hurt you?

By knowing what hazardous conditions you may encounter at your job, you will be ready to prevent them and file a prompt workers compensation claim if you do get hurt. Here are the top types of workplace hazards:

1. Safety hazards

Safety dangers include:

  • Slippery or obstructed floors
  • Confined spaces
  • Working at high levels, including scaffolds, roofs and ladders
  • Frayed cords
  • Improper wiring
  • Unguarded machinery

These dangerous conditions are present in almost every workplace and may result in injuries, illnesses or fatalities.

2. Biological hazards

Exposure to biological hazards is especially common in the following workplaces:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Laboratories
  • Outdoor occupations

Biological hazards that may cause diseases and other harm include bodily fluids, bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi, animal droppings, insect bites and plants.

3. Ergonomic hazards

Depending on your type of work, your body may experience a lot of strain. Common ergonomic issues include:

  • Poor posture
  • Frequent lifting
  • Improperly adjusted workstations
  • Repetitive movements
  • Using too much force

According to OSHA, these hazards are the most difficult to recognize since they are not always immediately noticeable. What may be a sore muscle one day may eventually become a long-term illness.

4. Chemical hazards

Anyone who works with or prepares chemicals is at risk of illnesses, respiratory issues and skin irritation. This can be anything from common cleaning products to explosive chemicals. 

5. Work organization hazards

Your work environment may be hazardous and stressful in a variety of ways. Some of these risks are:

  • Workload demands
  • Lack of respect
  • Workplace violence
  • Sexual harassment

Not only can many of these hazards cause injuries, they may also bring about a lot of legal issues. If you experience any of these circumstances on the job, consult with an attorney.

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