The threat of an accident at work is ever present. From the dangerous and painful, to the downright weird, there are all sorts of hidden dangers just waiting to cause workplace injuries.
The following list covers examples that no health and safety procedures could realistically legislate for. That said, the safety of employees should be a priority of all organisations who have a duty of care and responsibility to provide a working environment in which the threats of workplace injuries are minimised.
Examples of odd workplace injuries
First place on the list goes to a bizarre incident in the United States where a woman was injured after tripping over a dog at work. This makes a little more sense when you realise that she was working from home.
A custom decorator, the woman was on her way to the garage to collect some fabric samples when her four-legged friend got in the way, causing considerable workplace injuries, despite the woman not even being present in the office.
Next up is a New York woman who complained of suffering from industrial deafness. Following many years in various customer related rolls, the woman suggested that repeated altercations with irate customers over the phone had left her with substantially damaged hearing.
Sticking with ear injuries, a number of teachers have claimed for workplace injuries compensation after developing tinnitus as a result of feedback from large megaphones used over the course of many years.
Another teacher, this time a Physical Education instructor in Tuscaloosa, suffered a bizarre and painful accident at work when they were struck by lightning.
The teacher in question was sitting at a desk when the bolt hit the outside of the building and somehow travelled through, striking the unfortunate man causing workplace injuries.
Thankfully, his workplace injuries weren’t too serious and he was released soon after but it could have been a whole lot worse.
If you suffer an accident at work, you need to consider the following three things before claiming for work accident compensation
- Did the accident occur in the last three years?
- Did the injuries require medical attention?
- Was the accident the fault of someone else?
If the answer to the above is yes, then you have a work accident claim to make. Accident Advice Helpline will be there every step of the way, from initial consultation to settlement, which is usually out of court.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown