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What can cause a workplace accident?

Workplace accidents are common in today's day and age, with many people finding themselves in this position when they least expect it.

It does not matter how conscientious you may be at your place of employment, there is always the risk of being involved in an accident. On top of this, employers often fall short when it comes to meeting safety standards and regulations.

There are many causes of workplace accidents, but the end result is often the same: serious injury or death.

For example, slip and fall accidents are common in many industries, such as construction. If a construction site is not kept clean and organized, the risk of an accident and injury is much greater.

Falling objects are also a common cause of workplace accidents. When a person is unexpectedly struck by a falling object, broken bones and head injuries are common.

Hazardous materials are not used in every industry, but many people come in contact with these on a regular basis. If a person is not fully protected at all times, a hazardous material could cause serious injury or illness, including skin infections, burns and respiratory disease.

Most employees and employers do whatever they can to avoid workplace accidents. Even then, there is no way of guaranteeing this will never happen. Just when everything appears to be moving along in the right direction, an accident occurs that causes injury, illness or death.

If a person is injured in a workplace accident, it is a must to receive medical treatment. After that, he or she may consult with a personal injury attorney.

Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries" Dec. 01, 2014

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