Workplace safety has come a long way. Gone are the days when people expected to regularly risk life and limb on the worksite. Even though state and federal agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration do all they can to reduce injuries at work, accidents still happen.
In 2017 alone, there were 882,730 workplace injuries that resulted in days away from work. Laborers and material movers had the most on-the-job injuries, followed closely by tractor-trailer drivers, janitors, nursing assistants and repair workers. The follwing are some of the most common injuries in the workplace.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace, from an office to a factory, and they account for some of the most common injuries. Wet floors, carpets in disrepair, poor lighting and cables running across the floor can all be hazardous.
To avoid fall hazards, keep your workplace clean, encourage employees to wear appropriate shoes or boots, and use signs to indicate floors that are wet.
Repetitive strain injuries
Known as RSIs, repetitive strain injuries can happen in many different lines of work. Repeatedly doing the same type of movement can cause strains and wear on the joints and muscles. Even typing can contribute to an RSI and possibly lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Avoid these injuries by taking appropriate breaks and making sure to stretch and vary your movements.
Overexertion happens when people face injuries from lifting, carrying, pushing or holding something excessively heavy. Improper technique and improper training can lead to these types of injuries. Commonly, overexertion results in back injuries, sprains, strains, tears or fractures.
Proper training can reduce the number of injuries caused by overexertion.
Falls from heights
Falling from heights is common in both the construction industry and in factory settings. Falls from ladders, scaffolding, roofs or any other elevated surface can result in serious injuries or even death.
Following safety measures like installing railing and posting wet floor signs can reduce these types of accidents.
Hurt at work
If you’re hurt at work, it may be smart to enlist the assistance of an attorney. Through worker’s compensation, you may be eligible to have your medical bills covered, receive compensation for missed work or be entitled to other damages. An experience lawyer can help guide you forward through the claims process.