Although no one wants to be part of a workplace accident that results in an injury, this happens all too often in today's day and age.
There are many causes of workplace accidents, from negligence to horseplay. However, there's something that many people overlook: Depression and fatigue can both result in a workplace accident and injury.
According to the Colorado School of Public Health, citing a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, depression, anxiety and fatigue increase women's risk of workplace injuries.
The lead author of the study shared the following:
"The findings of our study demonstrate that keeping workers safe requires more than your typical safety program. It requires an integrated approach that connects health, well-being, and safety."
This is something that is often lost on employers, as they have nothing more than a basic workplace safety program in place.
At our law firm, we're familiar with the many types of accidents that can occur at a place of employment. We also understand that accidents happen in all types of industries, not just those that have a reputation for being more dangerous than others.
If you are part of a workplace accident, you should immediately report the incident to your employer. Along with this, don't wait to receive medical attention. Not only does this help you from a health perspective, but it can also work in your favor should you file a workers' compensation claim.
An injury that results in time away from the job could lead to financial stress that you didn't ask for. For this reason, you shouldn't hesitate to seek benefits through the workers' compensation system.