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Common Injuries At Workplaces and Recommended Preventive Measures

Common Injuries At Workplaces and Recommended Preventive Measures

Joel Muniz

What are the most common injuries at workplaces and some recommended preventive measures?

Workplace injuries are a common occurrence, and they can have a significant impact on both employees and employers. In addition to the physical and emotional pain and suffering that injuries can cause, they can also lead to lost productivity, increased costs, and legal liability.

The most common workplace injuries include

  • Slips, trips, and falls: These injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, such as wet or slippery surfaces, uneven walking surfaces, poor lighting, and clutter.
  • Overexertion injuries: These injuries can occur when workers lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects, or when they perform repetitive tasks.
  • Struck-by injuries: These injuries can occur when workers are struck by moving objects, falling objects, or equipment.
  • Caught-in injuries: These injuries can occur when workers are caught in moving machinery or equipment.
  • Cuts and lacerations: These injuries can be caused by sharp objects, such as knives, scissors, and machinery.
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs): These injuries can develop over time from repetitive tasks, such as typing or using a mouse.

Recommended preventive measures

There are a number of things that employers and employees can do to prevent workplace injuries. Some of the most important preventive measures include:

  • Maintaining a safe and clean work environment: This includes keeping walkways free of clutter and spills, and ensuring that lighting is adequate.
  • Providing employees with the proper training and equipment: Employees should be trained on how to safely perform their jobs, and they should be provided with the proper equipment to protect them from injury.
  • Encouraging employees to take breaks: Repetitive tasks can lead to RSIs, so it is important for employees to take breaks throughout the day.
  • Promoting a culture of safety: Employers should create a culture of safety where employees feel comfortable reporting unsafe conditions and practices.

Here are some additional preventive measures for specific types of workplace injuries:

  • Slips, trips, and falls: Install non-slip mats and surfaces, keep walkways clear of clutter, and ensure that lighting is adequate.
  • Overexertion injuries: Train employees on proper lifting techniques, and provide mechanical lifting aids when necessary.
  • Struck-by injuries: Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
  • Caught-in injuries: Guard moving machinery and equipment, and follow all safety procedures.
  • Cuts and lacerations: Wear gloves and other PPE when working with sharp objects.
  • Repetitive strain injuries: Take breaks throughout the day, and use ergonomic workstations and tools.