Workplace injuries are unfortunately too common, and they can have a devastating impact on employees and employers alike. Not only can these injuries cause physical harm and emotional distress, but they can also lead to lost productivity, increased costs, and legal liabilities. It is essential that employees of all industries understand the most common workplace hazards, and how they can take precautions to prevent them!
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Some of the most common workplace injuries, slips, trips, and falls, account for a significant percentage of all reported incidents. To prevent these types of injuries, employers and employees should ensure that walkways are kept clear of clutter and unnecessary items, and that floors are slip-resistant and dry, or have proper warning signage to represent wet or slippery floors. Employees should always wear appropriate footwear and use handrails when using stairs or elevated surfaces.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries are another common workplace injury particularly in jobs that require repetitive movements such as typing, lifting, assembly line work, and more. Consistent movement can cause a serious strain on muscles, causing painful injuries. To prevent RSIs, ensure that your employer is providing proper equipment and workstations, offering regular breaks, and training on proper lifting techniques. If you begin to experience pain from a repetitive strain, report it immediately and as early as possible in order to receive corrective action before your injury worsens.
Electrical Hazards pose a serious risk in many workplaces, particularly those where electrical equipment is used or where work is performed in close proximity to electrical sources. Preventing electrical injuries starts with ensuring that all employees are trained on safe electrical practices, and that all electrical equipment and panels are kept inaccessible to unauthorized personnel.
Machinery accidents are another common cause of workplace injuries. When operating heavy machinery, or working around moving parts, accidents and injuries can be severe! Employers should ensure that all machinery is properly maintained and inspected, and that employees are trained on safe operation.
In industries such as manufacturing, construction, or healthcare, chemical exposure is a common workplace hazard. To protect yourself from an injury or illness caused by chemical exposure, ensure that you are wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and that all chemicals are properly stored, labeled, and used.
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Workplace injuries are a serious concern that can have a significant impact on both employees and employers. By understanding the top workplace injury hazards, and steps to take to prevent them, you can take the necessary steps to ensure you are safe at work. Our team offers free consultations and will represent you with no upfront costs! When we are successful in your claim, the judge will determine what our fee will be. Contact us today for more information, or to set up your consultation!