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10 Most Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them

10 Most Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them


10 Most Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them

by Joanne Aika Castillo

The occurrence of workplace injuries has become a primary concern for big and small companies alike. Although we assume that work related injuries happen only in more dangerous environments such as construction sites and factories, it is high time we become aware of equally dangerous injuries that happen in regular offices. In addition to that, companies and employees should be aware of what safety measures to adapt in order to avoid these injuries in the future.

Here is a list of ten most common and disabling work related injuries according to the 2008 Workplace Safety Index:

1. Overexertion " This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics.

2. Fall on Same Level - This type of workplace injury refers to those falls without elevation or falls on same level surfaces. Examples of this are falls on wet and slippery office floors and slips on snow covered surfaces usually affecting elderly employees.

3. Fall to Lower Level - This refers to a type of fall from an elevated surface such as ladders, stairways, and roofs.

4. Bodily Reaction " These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling.

5. Struck by Object " Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person. These can cause very serious injuries.

6. Struck against an Object - This happens when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc.

7. Highway incident " Cars and trucks used for business purposes can encounter vehicular accidents.

8. Caught in/ compressed by - This type of injury usually occurs in a factory where large and dangerous machinery is used. Sometimes little or no precaution in its usage may endanger the safety of its operators. Exposure to extreme temperature is also an example of this workplace injury.

9. Repetitive Motion - This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious but definitely harmful ones in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer 24/7 can strain muscles and tendons causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

10. Assaults and violent acts - Attacks caused by office politics and other arguments have led to serious physical injuries.

Since workplace injuries will surely affect the employee's physical and mental health, it is clearly stated by the law that they are entitled to receive proper compensation for the damages. Workplace injuries can cause a major disability that is ultimately detrimental to the employee's work and personal life. So in the event that the company fails to address this concern, the worker may sue the company for the damages and medical expenses.

Therefore, it is important that workplace safety should be a priority for employers and employees alike. For employers it is best that they use engineering control systems in their work spaces. This means that work materials, work stations, and other tools should be geared towards minimizing awkward positions, strenuous handling activities, and repetitive motion. Safety manuals should also be rewritten every now and then for updates and other improvements on using work equipment. Fitness programs and exercises are also advisable to be enforced to employees. On the other hand, employees should also be very careful of themselves by reading warning signs and adapting cautionary ways to protect themselves. It will always be a two way street for both employers and employees to minimize workplace injuries.

About the Author:
Joanne Aika Castillo is an experienced legal researcher for Lavin Law Offices. Her research expertise includes Work Related Injuries and other Personal Injury Cases. To learn more about personal injury, visit Lavin Law Offices today.

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