Regardless of what industry or profession one might work in, there is always the possibility of suffering a serious on-the-job injury. Some of the most common contributors to workplace injuries are the same across industries, too. These types of injuries can occur even when Missouri employers are doing their best to protect workers.
Violence in the workplace
Unfortunately, some workers are particularly susceptible to violence-related injuries. Some threats of violence come from coworkers, although violence is often at the hands of disgruntled former workers, spouses and even strangers. Depending on the industry — such as package carriers — some workers might even regularly deal with animal-related violence.
Work related fatigue
Fatigue can come in two forms — either physical or mental. Workers typically experience fatigue when they are pushed beyond their reasonable workload limits. One of the reasons that fatigue is such a significant factor when it comes to work injuries is because it can cause some of the following issues:
- Impaired judgement
- Slower machinery operations
- Delayed reactions to emergencies
- Lack of attention to instructions and details
Any time there is a workplace accident, there is the possibility of serious injury. Those who have suffered workplace injuries because of violence, fatigue or any other work-related issue already know just how demoralizing it can be, especially when it comes time to try and address medical bills after taking time off work to recover. This is why it is so important for injury victims to prioritize securing benefits through Missouri’s workers’ compensation system.