According to the National Safety Council, an employee gets injured on the job every 7 seconds. In 2017, there were 1.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported owing to a number of reasons.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common injuries that occur at workplaces.
Falling Object Injuries
As unusual as they may sound, falling object injuries aren’t all that uncommon. It’s particularly frequent for employees working in the warehouses or storage facilities where several items are stacked on top of each other, or on numerous shelves. Now if an object was to fall from a height, it could severely hurt and injure the person standing below.
Both minor and major injuries can result out of this “falling object phenomenon” in the workplace. Make sure you’re wearing protective gear that keeps you safe, and are alert of your surroundings to avoid being hit by an object that could injure you.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries occur when an employee performs a particular physical activity regularly that causes muscle strain. This could be something as common as typing all day and hurting your wrist muscles, or doing heavy lifting activities that could result in you being in a poor posture or bent position, thus hurting your back.
The impact of repetitive strain injuries can be quite severe, especially if the repetitive activity is performed frequently for several years.
Tripping & Slipping Injuries
Ever seen the “wet floor” sign in buildings? It’s there to prevent injuries just like these. Slippery or wet floors are often the cause of tripping or slipping accidents that are quite common. The risks of you injuring yourself this way is even higher if the spillage isn’t cleaned up on time, or isn’t immediately visible to warn you.
In addition to this, debris on the floor or objects sticking out at odd angles is also cause for people to trip over. They can sustain severe injuries, from concussions and muscle sprains, to broken bones.
Vehicle Accidents & Crashes
Vehicle accidents that cause crashes or collisions are also frequently a part of workplace injuries. This is especially common among employees who have to drive for business purposes, either routinely or once in a while. Lack of safety precautions such as safe-driving policies implemented by organizations or safe-driving training conducted beforehand contributes to the rise in vehicle injuries among employees.
Vehicles don’t necessarily mean cars. They also include forklift trucks used within the workplace premises, or lorries used to transport goods.
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