Most Common Workplace Injuries

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Things have come a long way for workers over the years. No longer are they subjected to unsafe working conditions, long hours, and poor wages as they once were. Even with all of these advancements however, people still become injured on the job. To avoid an injury, it’s best to know the most common ways people become injured. So without further ado, here are the most common workplace injuries to be aware of.

Slips, Trips and Falls: This is the most common means to injure yourself while on the job. It generally can occur if clutter or a mess is in a pathway or stairwell, or a surface is wet and slick. Another means is by equipment being improperly or incorrectly used, or not having the correct equipment for a job. Things such as ropes, harnesses, ladders, etc. all play an important role in keeping you safe while on the job.

Strains and Sprains: These are the second most common injuries that occur on the job. They generally result from performing some physical tasks improperly. They can also result from performing the same repetitive act over and over again.

Crushed or Pinched Body Parts: The third most common of all workplace injuries. These occur when something of weight falls and either crushes or pinches you. Often times, improperly secured or misplaced objects cause this. Another culprit that causes this are machines where moving parts can take hold of extremities or clothing.

Hearing Loss: Loud noises are obviously the reason for hearing loss in the workplace. There is one easy and simple solution to avoiding this, which is having proper ear protection. An employer should provide these, as they should well know that loud noises would be present in and around their workplace.

Being Struck By An Object: Often times, many objects are not properly stacked or secured in place. This increases the likelihood that it can lose its base and topple over. This can either strike someone, or startle him or her into running into something else or falling over. If you notice anything precariously placed, you ought to correct it yourself, or bring it up to your manager.

Cuts and Lacerations: Injuries of this type are often the result of either not wearing or being provided with adequate safety gear. It can occur when cutting wood, slicing meats and cheeses, or anything else where a large mechanical blade is spinning. Even for cooks, having to deal with knives continually everyday puts them at risk of being cut at some point. An easy remedy against that is to provide chain-mail gloves to avoid injury.

Automobile Accidents: Truck accidents can cause severe damage to both property and person. Car accidents in general are the leading cause of injury and death in America. When you drive for a living, the chance you are going to be in an accident increases dramatically. So wearing your seat belt while on the job should be heavily considered.

Exposure To Toxins: When working with hazardous and dangerous chemicals/toxins, proper equipment should be used, and protective clothing should be worn. Your employer generally provides these, and all protective clothing should be worn to avoid an injury.  

There are many situations that can arise which can cause injury to an employee in the workplace. It’s important to know certain things to avoid which could injure you, but it’s far better to take preventative measures against these instances from even occurring. If you notice that there are dangerous happenings occurring in your workplace, it’s best to bring these to the attention of your supervisor immediately. Also, if you feel certain conditions are unsafe for working in, you shouldn’t feel as though you have to continue if you are not comfortable doing so. Your safety should be your first and utmost priority.

This is a guest post.  This article was written by Damien S. Wilhelmi. If you enjoyed this piece, you can follow me on twitter @FacePalmLaw. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you should consider hiring a workers compensations attorney to represent you. 

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