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Tips for minimizing “struck-by” injuries at work

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Workers in New York may be at risk of being hit by objects whether they work in factories, offices or other environments. However, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent or minimize the risk of such incidents taking place.

Wear protective equipment

Wearing a hard hat can minimize the damage done if you are hit by a falling object such as a brick or a nail gun. It can also come in handy if you are working in areas where ice or snow may fall from heights during or after a storm. Gloves, boots and similar outwear can guard against coming into contact with nails, chemicals or other items that may splash or otherwise eject from a container or power tool.

Be aware of where objects are

If you notice that a load is suspended in the middle of a factory floor, you can reduce your risk of getting hurt by not standing under it. If you see a forklift, car or other moving object coming in your direction, try to get out of its way if possible. You may also be able to prevent or minimize the risk of an accident by securing loose objects before they fall or roll over you or others on the job site. It may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits if you are hurt by a falling or rolling object even if you played a role in causing the accident to happen.

If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to a financial award to cover lost wages and medical bills. Ideally, you will submit a claim for benefits and seek treatment as soon as possible after your workplace accident occurs.