Knee injuries resulting from an accident or incident at the workplace can cause a lot of problems for both the injured and the employer. A knee injury can vary in severity from minor discomfort to a debilitating loss of mobility. As a result it is imperative that both employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to the preventing and handling of knee injuries in the workplace.
From the employers standpoint preventing workplace injuries is not only good for productivity but required by law. An employer is required to ensure workers are educated in the proper way to fulfill obligations associated with their position without risking their physical health. This requires the establishment of policies regarding lifting, bending and other activities that are known to cause knee injuries. An employer must also provide a work environment that is conducive to safety. Failure to do so may result in an worker who suffers a knee injury on the job, which may be covered by workers compensation.
If an employer has policies in place to prevent work related injuries including those affecting the knee and surrounding tissues, tendons and ligaments, the employee is responsibly for following such policies. It is important to adhere to the established rules in place that are intended to protect employees. If, on the other hand the employer has created a work environment that is not only unsafe but also one that requires movements and practices that increase the potential for injury, the employee must use their own judgment to prevent injury and protect themselves from danger.
Workers Compensation and Knee Injuries
If a worker suffers a knee injury as a result of unsafe working conditions or practices set forth by their employers which caused the injury, the employee should file a workplace injury claim. Depending on the severity of the knee injury and the affected areas, a person may be required to have surgery, walk with crutches or perhaps even be restricted to a wheelchair until recovery is complete. This could result in weeks if not months of lost time which undoubtedly would cause a financial strain on the affected individual. It is in the best interest of all parties involved to take every precaution to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place.