When the subject of workplace-related injuries comes up, most people only think of labor-intensive industries like the construction and mining sectors. However, it is important to understand that a workplace injury can happen at any time, and in any business.
Workplace injuries cost both employers and employees valuable time and money in treatment costs. Here are the three common workplace injuries that you should know:
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), overexertion is one of the top causes of injuries in the workplace.
While overexertion is common among employees in the warehousing and transportation sectors, this form of injury can happen to anyone. Depending on the severity, overexertion can result in muscle sprains, strains and tears.
Some of the causes of overexertion in the workplace may include improper posture, lifting heavy loads, repetitive motion, using worn-out tools and working in an improper space.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are yet another common cause of workplace-related injuries.
These types of accidents occur when employees work on or walk across slippery surfaces, are tripped by uncovered cables, torn carpets or mats, clutter or uneven walking surfaces. Some of the injuries employees are likely to sustain in slip, trip and fall accidents include injury to the head, broken bones, neck and back injuries and muscle sprains.
These injuries can be prevented by ensuring that floors are kept clear and carpets are well-maintained.
Fires and explosions
Explosions and fire outbreaks in the workplace are often caused by faulty power and gas lines, open flames and improper handling and storage of inflammable materials.
Injuries resulting from workplace fires and explosions may include smoke inhalation and various degrees of burns. Employers can mitigate fire accidents through proper training on fire response and handling of explosive materials.
The workplace can be a hazardous place. However, prevention is always better than cure. Understanding the common causes of workplace injuries can help both employers and employees take adequate precautions to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place.