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Accidents at Work

Two main types of injuries happen in the workplace: non-fatal and fatal. Non-fatal injuries include equipment mishaps, reactions to chemicals, and falls. Serious accidents include burns, deep cuts (or limb loss), and chemical poisoning. Common accidents at work often cause a decrease in production and property loss. But it can also lead to death. All industries have potential hazards that may lead to injury. However, industrial companies carry the highest risks. This is why it is crucial to recognize and remove hazards before an accident happens.

Causes of Accidents at Work

Overexertion and misuse of equipment are the most common causes of work accidents. Sometimes, employees try to carry or lift extremely heavy objects, resulting in injuries. This is the number one cause of injuries at work. Not knowing how to use machinery safely also results in accidents in the workplace.

Other causes of accidents at work include unexpected mechanical failure or power outages, carelessness, and poor workplace environment with slippery floors or poor lighting.

Consequences of Accidents in the Workplace

The consequences of accidents in the workplace are far-reaching. For example, an employee may break or lose a limb. Should a fire break out, employees may experience trauma, stress, or anxiety after suffering smoke inhalation or minor burn injuries.

Furthermore, accidents can lead to financial difficulties for employees and employers. When production is curbed, profits fall. This may turn into a vicious cycle. Also, the outcome of an accident can lower the morale of other employees. In turn, a company may experience even lower productivity.

Moreover, if a company gets a reputation for frequent accidents, it will struggle to attract and retain employees and customers.

Preventing Accidents at Work

Preventing work accidents is possible and starts with general awareness. Employees must know of and remove safety risks in their work environment. They must also receive ongoing training on how to use equipment and machinery safely. Furthermore, machines and equipment must be maintained regularly. Industries that work with hazardous materials must have warning signs and labels in prominent places to alert employees of any risks. All companies must have safety protocols to help prevent accidents.

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Injury Treatment After a Workplace Accident

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With six facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247