Going to work each day, you never expect to be badly hurt. You think that you’ll be fine because you expect your environment to be safe.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. What you didn’t know was that one of the machines you often used was not guarded the way that it was supposed to be. As a result, your clothing got caught up in the machine, and you were pulled in.

You were fortunate to survive, but you did suffer severe lacerations. This was an accident that could have been, and should have been, prevented.

Did you know that approximately 30% of all workplace injuries are a result of scratches, cuts, lacerations or other serious wounds? The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation performed a study and found that common causes of cuts and lacerations in the workplace include:

  • Poor or improper training
  • A lack of safety protocols or procedures
  • Not wearing the right personal protective equipment
  • Rushing
  • Taking shortcuts
  • Not guarding equipment correctly

Being able to reduce the risk of these serious accidents is vital. Employers should make sure that all of their employees get the appropriate training to use and be around dangerous machinery or items that could lead to lacerations. Using the right personal protective gear and having rules about loose clothing to hair can also help reduce the risk of cuts or lacerations, amputations, puncture wounds or other accidents on the job.

If you are hurt on the job as a result of poor machine guarding or other issues, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation and seek support as you get the medical care that you need during your recovery. Our website has more information on what you can do after a serious accident on the job.