Depression can lead to a workplace accident and it can also result from something going wrong on the job. Whether you have a depressed co-worker and are concerned about their safety (as well as your own) or you are struggling with depression following a mishap that recently occurred while you were performing your job duties, it is imperative to handle these matters with care.
Unfortunately, depression is far too common in workplaces across the country and these emotions increase the odds of an accident in multiple ways. Moreover, depression also interferes with the pursuit of benefits for many injured workers.
Different ways depression can cause an accident
When a worker is very depressed, they are less likely to fully devote themselves to their jobs. In some fields, such as construction, this raises safety concerns, especially if one has to work with dangerous machinery or in high places. Depression sometimes causes people to drink excessively or take medications that leave them drowsy. Moreover, many people lose sleep because of depression and anxiety, resulting in fatigue and increasing the chances of errors while working.
Addressing depression following a job-related accident
Some people develop debilitating depression after a workplace accident. If you have become depressed, do your best to manage these feelings in a healthy manner. Sometimes, speaking to a mental health professional is necessary, and looking for healthy outlets for your negative emotions (such as hiking or hanging out with friends) is a good idea. Go through our blog to read about other topics that are related to the consequences of a job-related accident.