Common Workplace Injuries

Work related injuries can really ruin your day, or month if you are out of work because of an injury. No work space is completely safe, not even nice quiet offices. The most common injury sustained in the workplace is falling. There is always a risk of tripping over a cord, chair, or even your own two feet. The simple remedy to this particular workplace injury is to watch more carefully where you step, but in todays fast paced workplace, sometimes accidents just happen.

Another type of workplace injury can occur over a period of time from your body being in the same position for an extended period of time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common injury that requires surgical intervention to correct. With Carpal tunnel syndrome, the repetitious actions of typing or other activities cause the median nerve to become pinned at the wrist. This results in constant pain and discomfort for the sufferer. It is important to try to create an ergonomically friendly work space to help avoid carpal tunnel syndrome related to data entry and typing work.

A fairly common fairly workplace injury is back injury, often caused by improper posture when picking up heavy objects. To protect your back from injury on the job, be sure to never bend or twist while lifting, this can cause muscle pain and sometimes damage. Most companies that have positions requiring heavy lifting have a protocol for how to safely and effectively lift objects without causing injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made a list of the 10 most common workplace injury causes in 2011, including the following:

  •     Lack of fall protection for employees
  •     Hazardous scaffolding equipment
  •     Inadequate hazard communication
  •     Inadequate respiratory protection
  •     Lockout/Tagout violations
  •     Inadequate electrical wiring posing a threat to employees
  •     Safety violations on industrial powered trucks
  •     Accidents related to ladders
  •     General electrical safety violations
  •     Inadequate machine guarding on engineering equipment

As you might guess, places like factories and mills have higher incidences of work related injuries. The large machinery and more factors that leave workers exposed to potentially dangerous situations. You are far less likely to have a heavy piece of equipment fall on you in an office space than in a factory, the key to avoiding injury is to always be on the lookout for potential danger.

Other, less frequently thought of work related injuries include exposure to extreme temperatures and dangers of being compressed by large machinery. These are also dangers found in large plants and factory settings, some employees have even been known to loose limbs to the heavy duty machinery used in some workplaces. The last and least common injury that occurs in the workplace is assault by another worker or person. Although this is not a frequent occurrence, it does happen from time to time.

All of the reasons listed above are exactly why companies protect themselves with workers compensation benefits that will pay the injured employee while out of work, as well as any medical bills related to the injury.
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