Serious workplace accidents and injuries happen every day. In 2013, 4,405
workers died on the job, while millions more suffered serious injuries
from an accident at work. In fact, 3.3 million people suffered a workplace
injury that they might never recover from. Below, we explain 10 common
#1: On the Job Violent Acts
Violent attacks and fights between employees have led to serious physical
injuries in workplaces across the country. It is important to be aware
and watch out for suspicious activities to help keep these incidents at bay.
#2: Repetitive Motion Injuries
Although this type of workplace injury might seem less obvious, it can
cause significant harm in the long run. Repetitive motions like typing
can strain muscles and tendons which can lead to back pain or carpal tunnel
syndrome. Using proper ergonomic equipment can help limit these incidents.
#3: Machine Entanglement
These injuries usually occur in factories where heavy equipment and machinery
are frequently used. Clothing, shoes, fingers and hair can easily become
entangled in a machine when precaution is not taken. Using protective
equipment and paying close attention to details is the best way to prevent
#4: Vehicle Accidents
Employees who have jobs that require them to drive for business purposes
are often injured in auto accidents. Unfortunately, some of these accidents
#5: Walking Into Injuries
This can happen when a person accidentally runs into objects like walls,
doors, cabinets, glass windows, tables, and chairs. This can result in
head, knee, neck, and foot injuries. Employers should focus on keeping
their work environment free from hazards to prevent these types of injuries
#6: Falling Object Injuries
When an object falls from shelves or is dropped by a person, it can cause
serious injuries. Head injuries are commonly caused by falling objects
in workplaces. The key to limiting these kinds of injuries is to keep
workspaces free from hazards. Using safety gear like a hard hat, can also
help keep workers safe.
#7: Reaction Injuries
These kinds of injuries are usually caused by slipping and tripping without
falling. Reaction injuries can cause muscle damage, body trauma, and a
variety of other medical issues. These injuries are hard to prevent, so
employees should try to pay attention to what is going on around them.
#8: Falling from Heights
Falls from elevated areas such as roofs, ladders, and stairways can cause
severe injuries. Sometimes, these injuries are caused by slip and fall
accidents or by faulty equipment.
Falls caused by wet and slippery floors or trips over objects lying on
the ground are the second most common workplace accidents. Employers should
have safety guidelines to ensure that spills and dangerous debris is promptly
#10: Overexertion Injuries
These injuries are caused by frequent pulling, lifting, pushing, holding,
carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion injuries are the
number one reported workplace injury.
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