When someone mentions workplace accidents, the chances are you think of industrial or construction workers. However, any employee can get a workplace-related injury, including those who sit at desks. But, of course, some industries are at higher risk than others.
Different factors, which might be present in any occupation, cause many workplace injuries. Here are four common ones:
Employees need to take breaks to avoid fatigue. Those at workplaces with poorly planned schedules, extreme expectations from workers or poor training practices experience overexertion. This is particularly common in jobs that involve lifting, pulling/ carrying objects, constant movements or climbing ladders. Overexertion can strain your muscles, ligaments and tendons and eventually tear them.
2. Poor-quality or missing PPE
Professions that use hazardous substances need personal protective equipment. Thus, if your work exposes you to extreme temperatures, chemicals, pressure changes, electricity radiation and noise, you need to have PPE that is up to standard.
In addition, your employer should provide you with safety data sheets to be informed about the dangers of these materials and how to work around them safely. Exposure to these factors can lead to injuries, disabilities or long-term health conditions.
3. Inadequate lighting
Work areas like warehouses experience accidents due to insufficient lighting. Employers should ensure that all departments are well-lit. And in the event of a power outage, they should have a backup plan like a generator.
4. Slips and falls
Spills or clutter in an office can cause slips and falls, resulting in injuries. Workplaces should have proper storage for equipment and solutions to keep floors clean to prevent accidents.
Most workplace accidents are avoidable when employers observe proper measures. If you can identify and avoid a threat, you can protect yourself. If you are injured, a worker’s compensation claim can provide medical coverage and other benefits.