When a worker is unable to concentrate on his or her job duties, the risk of an accident occurring increases. During 2018, there were more than two million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses reported by employers in the private sector alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These accidents occur for a host of reasons, but this blog post will explore the link between distractions and workplace accidents.
Sadly, these accidents lead to many injuries and even the loss of life. It is pivotal for workers in all fields to stay focused while on the job.
Personal problems and workplace accidents
Sometimes, personal issues such as a difficult divorce, legal problems or financial concerns interfere with one’s ability to concentrate at work. People also struggle with sleep disorders or have trouble focusing at work because they lead very busy social lives. In some fields, such as those which involve dangerous equipment or heights, losing mental focus is especially dangerous. Not only does the loss of mental focus threaten one’s own safety but it also poses a hazard to co-workers and others who are nearby.
Recovering from a workplace accident
Physical pain and serious injuries often get in the way of a worker’s ability to move forward. Job loss and medical bills are a common problem, but there are resources available to many people in this position. After a workplace accident, a thorough review of all options is crucial. Some people are able to secure benefits and move forward in their lives by pursuing workers’ compensation. In some instances, additional action is necessary (such as those who decide to file suit over a workplace accident).