Most Common Workplace Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Workplace accidents can be inevitable, even as more and more employers are focusing on ways to avoid potential hazards in their organisations. Hundreds and thousands of unforeseen circumstances can always occur even in places least expected. The following are some of the most common types of injuries to look out for and ways you can implement to prevent them.
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are a common workplace injury. They could result from wet and slippery floors that could cause slips, or items such as cables and wires lying on the floor hence resulting in trips. You need to always pay attention to what’s going on around you. Spillages should also be cleaned as soon as possible and warning signs be placed on strategic points to alert workers and visitors of potential slip, trip, and fall hazards.
- Being Hit by Falling Objects
Objects falling from shelves, rooftops, or dropped by another person can result in severe injuries. Head injury is a common result under this category. To prevent injuries from falling objects, workers’ diligence and employer’s focus on keeping the workplace safe from potential hazards are vital. All workers and visitors in areas likely to experience falling objects should be provided with proper safety gear, such as hard hats and safety boots. You should also avoid walking or working near or below people working on elevated areas such as safety ladders, stairways, or roofs.
- Muscle Strains
Muscle strains are a common type of work-related injury, especially for workers who regularly push or lift heavy items or those who sit on their desks for several hours. These workers tend to experience back and neck strains. This type is very common in construction sites and manufacturing companies. Workers need to take regular breaks in between work to avoid prolonged static posture. Employers should provide their employees with comfortable ergonomic chairs for protection. Stretching and flexibility exercises such as yoga can also be vital to enhance physical health.
- Machine Entanglement
Machine entanglement injuries are common where heavy machinery and equipment are used. Hair, piece of clothing, or fingers can get stuck in the machine or equipment, resulting in injuries. To prevent this type of workplace injury, all workers working on or near heavy machinery should always wear the proper protective gear and cut or pull back long hair or clothing that could lead to injury.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
This type of injury is very common in an office setting. It’s usually less obvious but can be very harmful in the long run. For instance, if you use the computer and type for long hours every day, muscle and tendon strains could occur, which can lead to back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision problems. You need to provide your workers with proper training on proper ergonomics to help avoid or minimise the incidents mentioned above.
- Inhaling Toxic Fumes
Some workplaces, especially those dealing with chemicals could contain hazardous substances in the form of fumes, dust, mists, vapours and gases. If workers working in such an environment lack proper protection, they may be at risk of skin or eye reactions, breathing problems, and other potentially serious injuries. Therefore, all employers in such workplaces must provide workers with proper safety gear, including fitted face masks and goggles to prevent them from dangerous exposure.