When we think about work-related injuries, the feet are not usually what comes to mind. However, foot injuries on the job are more common than many believe.
Occupations that involve long periods of standing, walking, or lifting can put workers at risk of suffering foot injuries, according to EHS Today. What starts out as a foot injury can progress into something worse - affecting the knees, hips and back.
These injuries can leave employees out of work for months. That's why it's important to file a workers' compensation claim as soon as possible. In Pennsylvania, workers' compensation is a no-fault system, which means that as long as you were injured within the scope of your employment, you can be eligible for benefits.
How Common Are Foot Injuries?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 53,000 foot injuries each year in the U.S. This accounts for 4.8 injuries per 10,000 employees.
The EHS article has identified four common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents. They include:
- Anti-fatigue mats: These mats are commonly used to provide comfort for employees who stand for long periods of time. However, they can create a tripping hazard.
- Pain in feet: Workers who have pre-existing pain in their feet may experience poor gait and balance. This puts them at risk of sustaining more serious injuries.
- Lack of traction: Wearing shoes and boots with adequate traction can prevent slip and fall accidents.
- Poor floor conditions: Slip, trip and fall accidents can often be caused by uneven or broken floor pieces, slippery surfaces, and/or debris.
What Can Be Done To Prevent Being Injured?
One way employers can mitigate the risk of foot injuries is by implementing insole programs for workers. Insoles can provide comfort to workers and reduce the risk of foot injuries.
Employers should also include a safety program to make workers aware of the slip, trip and fall hazards that exist around them. Giving workers two extra ten-minute breaks to rest their feet can make for a significantly safer and more productive work environment.
If you were injured on the job in Scranton, no matter what caused your injury, it's important that you speak to an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can guide you through the process.
Contact our O'Malley & Langan Law Offices today and find out how we can help you.