Sustaining an injury or becoming ill on the job can set you back physically and financially. While it’s impossible to prevent every possible workplace injury or illness, knowing about the most common ones can help you take steps to avoid them.
If you work with chemicals, you need to take extra precautions to avoid eye, skin and other types of injuries. Make sure that your employer provides you with safety goggles and gloves to cover any skin that might be exposed to dangerous chemicals. Seek first aid immediately if you get something in your eye or on your skin.
Loud Noise Exposure
Some work environments are loud enough to cause hearing loss. If you work around loud machinery or in another noisy environment, your employer should provide you with earplugs or noise canceling headphones.
Cuts and Lacerations
If you work with tools capable of causing these types of injuries, be certain that you’re wearing the proper type of body protection before you pick one up. With everyday cuts such as striking your hand against the sharp corner of a desk, just make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings. It’s also important not to set yourself up for a potential safety hazard such as carrying a stack of files so large that it obstructs your vision.
Walking into Objects
This is a common workplace injury and happens when someone walks into a wall, desk, piece of machinery or other object at work. Unfortunately, such a collision can cause serious foot, head, knee and neck injuries. Keeping your work area neat and free of obstructions is one way to prevent these accidents. Another is for your employer to clearly mark any hazards and provide training on how to avoid them.
You run the risk of injury any time you use a part of your body repeatedly throughout the workday. Carpal tunnel syndrome from typing is one example. Other common overexertion injuries include strain from lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing and holding heavy items. If you find yourself developing pain from these activities, you can ask your employer for reasonable accommodations or possibly a re-assignment until you feel better. Physical therapy or stretching exercises at home can help as well.
Urgent Care Available without the Wait
If you do get hurt at work, you should receive medical attention as soon as possible. PrimeCare Urgent Care is the ideal solution for non-life-threatening injuries. We now offer online check-in for urgent care so you can wait at home until your appointment time gets closer. We will send you a text approximately 20 minutes before it’s time for you to show up at our clinic. It’s simple, convenient and you get the care you need promptly.