Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries can cause thousands of dollars in lost productivity, legal costs and medical bills. By understanding the main hazards that contribute to workplace injuries, you can avoid the consequences that accompany these unfortunate accidents. Learn more about the leading causes of workplace injuries to better prepare yourself and your employees for unexpected disasters.
Overexertion is the Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries
According to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, the number one cause of workplace injuries in 2012 was overexertion. Overexertion in the form of tiredness, exhaustion or overworking strained muscles or joints can contribute to muscle tears, sprains and other debilitating injuries that can severely hamper worker productivity. To avoid the dangers of overexertion, pay special attention to the following physical activities:
- Lifting or holding heavy items for prolonged periods of time
- Pushing or pulling items that cause too much strain on the back and knees
- Carrying or throwing bulk objects over the shoulder
Among the most common reasons for insurance and worker compensation claims were falls, either on the same level or from a higher to lower level. Included in this category were accidents that involved falling on ice or other slick surfaces, as well as falls over railings or other obstructions. Injuries that resulted from these types of accidents included breaks, fractures and sprains. To reduce the chance of these types of workplace injuries occurring, make sure warning labels are clearly visible on guardrails and other types of barriers, as well as making sure that slippery surfaces are properly cleaned and dried.
Struck by an Object or Equipment
When operating in a factory, environment or other facility with heavy machinery and industrial equipment, employees can become severely injured when objects accidentally strike or hit them. If the impact of the object causes an injury, the workplace injury is considered to be a struck type of incident. Examples of these types of incidents include strikes by flying, rolling, falling or swinging objects.
Bodily Reactions, Slips and Trips
The average worker in a facility or other potentially hazardous working environment will regularly encounter situations that could result in a harmful bodily reaction, slip or trip. When an employee twists, strains or exerts his or her body without bending, sitting or falling, a bodily reaction injury has occurred. Slips and trips can happen anywhere where facility surfaces are unsafe or inadequately cleaned. Bodily reactions and any variety of trips and slips can be prevented by:
- Cleaning grime and residue off of floors and other surfaces
- Properly maintaining equipment to avoid machine malfunctions
- Regularly checking machine sediment and coolant levels
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