What would you do without two healthy feet to help you navigate the world? Your mobility and independence will likely feel the impact of a workplace foot injury.
Our feet are tough and resilient, but they are not invulnerable to harm, especially in certain occupations. To keep your feet safe and healthy, learn more about the foot injury risks you may encounter in your workplace.
How can occupational foot injuries occur?
Of course, a foot injury can arise when performing any job activity, but some work situations pose higher risks. Construction workers, for example, risk a foot injury in many circumstances, from using power tools to stepping on unsafe surfaces.
Falling objects: If a heavy falling object lands on your foot, it could lead to severe injuries like crushed or broken bones and even amputation. Construction, manufacturing and warehousing jobs often pose a considerable risk of falling objects.
Burns and shocks: A pair of good shoes cannot always protect your feet from environmental hazards. Burn injuries can arise in welding and chemical handling industries, and shocks often occur in jobs requiring employees to work with or near electricity.
Power tools: Many industries require the use of power tools, including construction, groundskeeping, automotive and forestry. Unfortunately, power tool mishaps can result in foot or toe amputations. They can also lead to deep cuts and lacerations that often require time away from work to heal.
Know your solutions
Most employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. That means you are entitled to wage replacement, no-cost medical care and other benefits after a workplace accident.
To protect your right to obtain these benefits, learn more about state workers’ compensation laws.