Common Types of Work Injuries
It is an unfortunate plain truth that work injuries happen every single day. While there are many times these misfortunes can be prevented, in some cases there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. To protect yourself from future suffering and pain, here’s a list of some of the most common types of workplace accidents to look out for.
Falls and slips
Falls on slippery surface are some of the most common workplace injuries. These reports include slips snow-covered pathways or wet floors. They also include falls caused by tripping over heaped rugs or items left in the middle of a pathway, and even tripping over broken pathway surfaces. Even if you do not fall, slips can cause physical injuries, such as pulled muscles or torn ligaments from trying to steady yourself to prevent the fall.
Hit by falling objects
Getting struck by falling objects is also another common type of workplace incident. Objects could be dropped or can topple off shelves, accidentally, perhaps by a workmate. Depending on the object’s weight and the height it’s falling from, such accidents can be extremely dangerous and cause very serious injury.
Falls from a Higher Level
Although trips and slips are common, so is falling from a higher level, including falling down the rooftops, stairways, and off ladders.
When you lift, push, or pull items, you run the possibility of overexerting yourself. Physical overexertion may cause the stretching or pulling of muscles, and if you don’t rest the ill body part after such accidents, the pain can then become chronic. As workplace injuries go, overexertion is actually the most commonly reported.
Recurring motion injuries are always classified under this type of incident. Since working for very long hours without taking a break can lead to overexertion, it’s easy to overlook the signs from your body.
Running into objects
Mainly for those who are clumsy, it can be easy to run into something and get injured. While minor injuries are not important to report, running into a door, glass window or low wall may cause serious damage. it is therefore important to report such accidents to your supervisor.
When you’re compressed by equipment or caught in between items, you could lose your limbs or even your life. Workers should be aware of all safety standards before getting near some types of equipment.
Some jobs may require people to drive and unfortunately, sometimes accidents occur. Remember to prevent injuries by having a seat belt on and paying attention to the road.