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Knowing the risks could prove crucial to workplace safety

Many companies in South Carolina place a great deal of importance on maintaining a safe and hazard free workplace environment. Regardless of the field in which you operate, chances are, your employer likely has videos and pamphlets on workplace safety that are a part of the hiring process.

Although you may struggle to remain awake during these videos, that doesn't mean that you don't place a high priority on your health and safety. While not every incident at work is avoidable, you may be able to reduce the chances of an accident significantly by understanding the risks you might face.

Identifying potential hazards in the workplace

Workplace accidents can be severe in nature, and the hazards you face could change depending on your chosen profession. While there are a multitude of scenarios in which an incident can take place, some types of accidents may be more common than others, such as:

  • Falls from heights: Whether from using a lift or a ladder, working from heights inherently poses a threat to your health. While safety harnesses go a long way in protecting employees, in some cases, they may not be enough to prevent a fall, and a fall from even a short distance can end in disaster.
  • Electrocution: When working around electrical outlets or extension cords, or even electronics, the threat of electrocution is a serious concern and has been the cause of countless workplace accidents.
  • Machinery: Although those who operate heavy machinery generally endure thorough training on proper safety procedures, the risk of an incident is ever-present, especially in the presence of faulty or defective machines.
  • Hazardous materials: Companies must keep hazardous chemicals or materials in a controlled environment, as exposure to them could prove extremely harmful to a worker's health.

Maintaining a clean workspace is also a concern in many work environments, as clutter can cause an individual to slip or trip, and the subsequent fall to the ground can be disastrous. Regardless of how an incident occurs, if you suffer serious injuries in the process, you may be in search of financial relief.

Pursuing compensation

With the high cost of medical treatment and the potential for a long period of recovery ahead, suffering severe injuries in a workplace accident can leave you in a substantial financial bind. If the incident occurs while you're on the job, you may be entitled to relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, but the process can be exceedingly complex. You could consider speaking with someone with experience in handling such intricate matters, which may prove invaluable to pursuing the compensation you deserve through the necessary outlets.

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