Every time you go to work, there's a chance of getting into an accident no matter what type of environment you work in.
The type of workplace and the kind of work you do play a significant role in creating those risks, but no work environment is completely safe.
Of course, certain lines of work put you at more risk than others, but the risk is still there no matter what you do.
The construction industry, for example, is responsible, for about 1 out of every 5 work-related deaths in private industries in the USA.
This is because construction workers are exposed to more accidents risks than someone sitting at a desk is exposed to.
Some work injuries that occur on a construction site are far more evident than injuries that occur in other industries.
For example, you might think you're safe, and you aren't doing any harm to your body at your desk job, but sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day can create debilitating conditions like chronic back pain.
Since no one is safe, in the article below, we will talk about six of the most common types of workplace injuries.
Table Of Contents
- Slips and Falls
- Repetitive Motion
- Struck By Objects
- Have You Been Injured?
1. Slip And Falls
This can happen to anybody, anywhere, at any time.
Many factors can contribute to a slip and fall injury, including wet or icy surfaces, scattered debris and cords, unsafe walking surfaces, and poor lighting.
Falls can lead to severe injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and torn or strained ligaments.
Even though slip and falls are common, they are almost always entirely preventable.
Uneven surfaces need to be marked and corrected as soon as possible.
Non-slip mats should be used on any surface that could become slick.
Pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing are the most common causes of job-related injuries.
Overexertion injuries can occur after a single incident, or they can build up over days, weeks, months, or years of doing the same activities day in and day out.
To avoid overexertion, employers need to train their workers on how to perform the physical tasks that are required of them properly.
They should also provide equipment that assists with the activities, and allow ample break time.
Gears, rollers, and other parts of heavy machinery can trap workers and cause a variety of tearing and/or crushing injuries.
In worst case scenarios, workers can lose limbs or even die from injuries caused by entanglement.
Loose clothing, shoes, jewelry, or unbound hair can get caught in machinery, causing these types of accidents.
They also need to provide employees with protective equipment and put up appropriate signs and barriers around potentially dangerous machinery.
This isn't one that's thought of very often when it comes to workplace accidents, but it's still a risk.
Violence can erupt from disputes that arise on the job between co-workers, with the potential to injure those involved and not involved.
Workers who deal with the public, like customer service agents and couriers face risks of assault from customers or others as well as attacks from dogs or other animals.
Employers should provide their employees with violence training, and create communication channels for reporting suspicious activity and encourage such communications.
5. Repetitive Motion
Repetitive motion injuries are a type of cumulative trauma.
They are caused by the repetition of minor tasks like working on an assembly line or typing on a keyboard,
Employees should be aware of proper ergonomic techniques, and they should be provided with the necessary equipment and plenty of breaks to keep these injuries from happening.
6. Struck By Objects
Being hit by an object that has fallen from above or thrown by a piece of equipment or a person can cause serious injury.
Falling, flying, rolling, or swinging objects can cause blunt-force trauma such as fractures, internal organ injuries, eye injuries, and cuts and bruises.
Management should also ensure that employees use appropriate protective equipment such as hard hats and eye protection.
Have You Been Injured At Work?
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Those who suffer occupational injury or illness deserve workers compensation benefits.
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