Most Common Workplace Injuries
Different workplaces have their own set of hazards and dangers regardless of whether you work in a factory, a construction site, or even an office. You can sustain an injury on the job no matter what environment you work in, so it’s important to understand your company’s safety policies and procedures. Below are some of the most common workplace injuries for which you should be on the lookout.
Slips, Trips & Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can happen in any work environment but are especially prevalent on work sites that are unkempt. This could mean that floors are wet and slippery or that materials/tools/equipment have been left out. This is why proper procedure for keeping a tidy workplace are so important! Falls could also happen from elevated areas, ladders, stairs, etc. These are usually the cause of more severe injuries.
Overexertion injuries are incredibly common in the workplace. Any job that involves manual labor of some kind presents the risk for overexertion. Tasks like lifting, pushing, and pulling can all lead to overexertion and lead to an expensive and lengthy recovery.
Electrocution can be the source of severe injuries on a work site. Without the proper safety training and PPE, electric currents pose a huge threat to employees. Electrocution can cause thermal burns to the skin, it can cause damage to nerve and muscle tissue when electricity passes through the body, and can even cause cardiac arrest.
Machine & Vehicle Accidents
Mishandled machinery and work-related vehicle accidents account for a large percentage of on-the-job injuries. There are a number of variations of accidents that deal with machinery, equipment, and vehicles. Workers may become crushed or entangled in machinery, they may hurt themselves using dangerous equipment, or they can get in collisions with work vehicles.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
These injuries are those that occur from repetitive work-related tasks. The constant repetition can cause stress or strain on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. These injuries can get pretty severe after a while. The good news is that injury can be prevented! Visit our repetitive tasks blog to find out how!
Objects falling from heights and hitting employees are generally a danger in places like construction sites, where workers are navigating multiple levels and there are tools and materials scattered about. The best thing you can do to avoid this is keep a tidy workplace.
Walking Into Things
Have you ever walked into something by accident? You aren’t the only one. This kind of accident can happen any place in home, at work or outside. Distraction is the major reason for this type of accident and while most times you can walk away with a few bruises there are times you won’t walk away. Be aware of your surrounds especially on the job in and around hazardous equipment and ALWAYS wear your hard hat!