Each day millions of people dedicate their careers to helping the hurt, sick and injured feel better and recover. But, what happens to healthcare workers when they are injured on the job in Philadelphia? Healthcare workers face dangerous workplace threats each day, potentially impeding their ability to help others.
As Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys, we see far too many people injured from avoidable, preventable accidents. Below is a list of the common workplace hazards that Philadelphia healthcare workers face each day:
- Contaminants on the floor – oil, grease, water, fluids.
- Indoor walking surface irregularities – improperly laid tiles, or lifted tiles, bubbled carpeting, worn surfaces.
- Outdoor walking surface irregularities – holes in grassy areas, sudden rises in sidewalks that are not marked, stones or debris in walk paths, broken or crooked walkway tiles.
- Ice, snow and wet conditions – when these wet conditions occur, patients, employees and visitors can track in water, creating slick conditions on vinyl.
- Improper lighting – storage closets, parking garages, hallways, walkways, etc. Not being able to see where you are going can cause a dangerous, potentially deadly fall.
- Tripping hazards – loose cords, wires, medical tubing and supplies can produce a tripping threat, especially in operating rooms, storage areas and nursing stations.
- Worn or improper mat use – mats that are worn, frayed, or improperly aligned can cause a tripping or slip and fall threat to workers in labs, kitchens, high foot traffic areas, and near sinks and water fountains.
We honor the work that our healthcare professionals do each and every day. Their work allows us to improve our health and heal from injuries and illnesses. When they are at risk, so are the ones they serve. If you see any of these threats at your workplace, know it is safe to report them to management or even a higher entity such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
If you have been injured due to a workplace accident in Philadelphia, call Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo. Our experienced Philadelphia workplace hazard attorneys know how to obtain the benefits you need and deserve, allowing you to focus on your recovery and your health. Call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675). We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation.