Top 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries and How to Prevent Them (Part 1)
Many laws and regulations exist to help ensure that employees have a safe environment to work in. However, accidents can still happen, and some workers still deal with working conditions and environments that aren't as safe as they should be. Learn more about some of the most common types of workplace injuries, and find out how to prevent them.
Physical fights and other acts of violence can make the workplace dangerous for all employees. Encourage employees to report suspicious activities or behavior and provide training on workplace violence to help de-escalate conflicts. Keep in mind that disgruntled employees and those who are terminated often pose the biggest threats of workplace violence.
Vehicle accidents and collisions are common among employees who drive company cars, trucks or other vehicles, especially on a regular basis. Construction equipment, such as forklifts, are included among these. Improper use of these types of vehicles can result in serious or fatal injuries.
Repetitive Motion/Stress Injuries
Those who type on keyboards, assemble products or do other repetitive motions at work on a day-to-day basis are at risk of developing repetitive motion or stress injuries. These injuries can occur when muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue in the affected part of the body becomes torn or damaged.
Trips, Slips and Falls
Employees can be seriously injured if they fall, slip or trip at work. This can happen when employees walk on slippery surfaces or trip over objects in their path. These types of workplace injuries are more common than vehicle accidents and account for roughly one-third of all workplace accidents. Injuries that can result from this type of accident include fractures, soft tissue injuries and head injuries.
Objects that fall off of shelves or from cabinets can cause head injuries or other types of injuries. Heavier objects can cause serious injuries, resulting in the need for emergency care and hospitalization. Storing items in a tidy manner on shelves and in cabinets helps reduce this type of injury.
Preventing Workplace Injuries
The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent these kinds of workplace injuries. These include the following:
- Put a plan in place for handling safety issues in the workplace
- Educate employees about this safety plan and general safety issues in the workplace
- Educate employees on the importance of taking breaks from doing repetitive motions every so often to prevent injuries
- Inspect and maintain company vehicles to lower the risk of accidents
- Keep an orderly workplace to prevent objects from falling and employees from tripping or slipping
If you’ve been injured at work, PrimeCare Urgent Care can assist you with recovery and work with Workers' Comp for you. Contact us for more information.