Workplace Safety: How to Prevent 5 Common Workplace Injuries
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015. While these numbers have dropped from previous years, safety in the workplace should still be top of mind for management, safety professionals and employees.
In order to prevent workplace accidents, we must educate employees on the most prevalent injuries and follow best practices to prevent safety hazards in the workplace. Here are the five most common workplace injuries and what you can do to prevent them.
Repetitive-motion injuries develop over time when an employee performs a similar motion, repeatedly. Repetitive-motion injuries can result in sprains, strains musculoskeletal injuries and overexertion injuries.
These types of injuries can occur in a variety of work settings. An office worker could experience back or wrist pain from typing on a keyboard, while a construction worker can sustain a repetitive-motion injury from on-the job movements like bending down and getting back up, lifting heavy materials and turning.
Injury Prevention Tips:
Slips, trips and falls can occur in many work environments and can result in a range of mild to serious injuries. Slips and trips are most commonly caused by uneven surfaces, wet floors, weather hazards, loose rugs or mats, poor lighting, exposed cords or cables and poor housekeeping. Slips and trips can result in strains, sprains and/or lacerations.
While falls can also occur as a result of these conditions, they can lead to more serious injuries when an employee falls from an elevated height like a stairway, ladder or roof. Falls can lead to sprains, fractures, concussions and head injuries, back and spinal cord injuries and shoulder injuries.
How to Prevent Falls:
Employees who drive for work or operate company vehicles can be injured in minor to serious vehicle accidents. Vehicle accidents can lead to injury and in the worst cases they can even be fatal.
Tips to Reduce Vehicle Accidents:
Falling objects can lead to minor injuries like abrasions and cuts or serious injuries like concussions and penetration wounds. Falling object injuries are especially prevalent on construction sites and when employees operate under scaffolding. Employees are at a greater risk for flying object injuries when workers use power tools.
Depending on the type of work, employees use a variety of equipment and machinery. Workers can experience minor injuries like strains from office equipment to more serious injuries like entrapment and entanglement (caught fingers, limbs or clothing), impact (crushed by moving parts) or contact from sharp edges or hot surfaces.
Proper training and education are vital steps to prevent safety hazards and reduce the occurrence of workplace injuries and accidents. Contact us to learn more about workplace safety and injury prevention and treatment.
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