Common Injuries in Your Workplace and How to Avoid Them

According to research, it’s been found that during the typical 50-year employment period, the average worker is at their work for nearly a quarter of their time.

In fact, most employees spend half of their time in the workplace, and sometimes even more. That’s why as an employer, you should take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you provide a safe working environment for all of your employees.

Unfortunately, injuries are common in the workplace for several reasons. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, a total of 5,250 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S in 2018; up by 2% from 2017’s total level of 5,147.

As for non-fatal work-related injuries, workers in private industry incurred about 2.8 million injuries or illnesses in 2018 alone.

Below are the most common injuries that an employee can face in the workplace, as well as how to avoid them.

1. Muscle Strains

Muscle strains are the most common workplace injury, which can be very harmful on the long-run. They can be incurred due to activities such as lifting or carrying heavy weights, or from repetitive motions such as typing.
These activities can cause back and neck pain, as well as muscle strains. Typing in particular can cause carpal tunnel syndrome and vision problems.

How to Avoid This:
In order to reduce the chances of those types of injuries, employers should take several precautions in order to ensure employees’ safety. Employers should design the right workplace layout, stress the importance of using the proper equipment, and conduct employee training on safety guidelines. As an employee, you should ensure that you are well-informed about the proper lifting techniques as well as the right postures.  For example, you should always stand or sit erect without leaning forward.

2. Machine-related Injuries

Those are accidents that are associated with using heavy machinery such as construction machinery, which are more common in factories. When the machinery is unguarded or not handled with the proper care, workers can injure their limbs.

For example, this could happen to workers’ hair or fingers if they catch on one of the machines.  The results of those injuries can be disastrous, such as crushed hands or arms, severed fingers, etc.

How to Avoid This:
The best way to prevent mechanical hazards is to remember that heavy machinery must be safeguarded. Moreover, proper training and protective clothing must always be provided to whoever is using them.

3. Crashes and collisions

Another common work-related injury is vehicle crashes and collisions. Whether it is a car, lorry, or truck, vehicle accidents can sometimes have dramatic consequences. If you have employees driving for business purposes, they can sometimes get injured in accidents that can sometimes be fatal.

How to Avoid This:
In order to reduce the likelihood of those incidents, employers need to apply safety procedures and conduct training for the drivers. For example, employees and employers should always ensure that seat belts and other safety precautions are both in place and in use.

If work-related accidents do happen, employers can mitigate their losses and compensate their employees. They can take legal procedures and hire a lawyer in order to hold other negligent drivers accountable.

According to experts from an established law group’s website, you may be able to get compensated and cover medical expenses by filing a personal injury claim if you were less than 50% at fault. Hiring an attorney can help you receive significant compensation if your employees ever get involved in work-related accidents.

4. Slips, trips, and falls

Another common workplace injuries are actually slips and falls. This can happen due to a wet and slippery floor, or tripping on objects mistakenly placed on floors. This type of injury can be especially dangerous in construction works, if a worker falls off a ladder or from heights. They can lead to fatal consequences.

How to Avoid This:
Employers should apply safety guidelines which ensure that floors and all surfaces are constantly clean and unobstructed, and that workers are operating in a safe environment.

5. Inhaling Toxic Gases

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Although most employees do not necessarily get exposed to hazardous chemicals or gases, individual factory workers are more prone to inhaling toxic gases.

Those who are exposed to hazardous chemicals are at risk of lung, eye, and skin diseases or infections. Those infections can have severe consequences on the long-run.

How to Avoid This:
Employers should ensure that all safety procedures are followed, and all employees are wearing their protective gear including safety goggles, masks, etc.

Making sure that your employees are safe at the workplace is a procedure that cannot be overlooked. In order to decrease the chances of injuries, employers should take extensive measures to ensure maximum safety at the workplace.

A holistic approach should include: providing training to your employees on all safety guidelines, ensuring your employees are wearing their protective equipment at all times, and complying with safety and environmental regulations at the workplace.