Accidents in the workplace can cause great financial and time costs to an employer, as well as to an employee. Most workplace injuries are nonfatal, but some are more serious than others. Slips, trips and falls are a common cause of workers’ compensation claims, and they can cause severe back, neck, and head injuries. Hazards such as wet floors, wrinkled carpets, and uneven walking surfaces can cause these injuries.
Falls from high places: This type of accident is especially dangerous in construction environments, where workers must wear hard hats to protect them from falling objects. Other types of accidents can occur when workers are struck by a stationary object or are distracted. For example, a person working on a construction site can be struck by a truck while walking, which can result in a head injury. The best way to avoid this kind of accident is to wear high-visibility clothing and be aware of your surroundings.
Accidents in the workplace can also be prevented by proper housekeeping and proper footwear. Accidents can also be avoided by reporting any possible hazards to the employer. In factories, construction sites, and farms, accidents involving heavy machinery are common. These accidents can result in a severe injury, such as severed fingers or blindness. To prevent this type of accident, it is important to properly train employees and educate them about hazards at their workplace.
Bodily Reactions and Exertion: The fifth most common workplace accident category, bodily reactions and exertions, involves injuries caused by repetitive physical motion or strenuous effort. This category accounts for more than $1.39 billion in workers’ compensation costs in the U.S., and can occur in any workplace. As such, workplace safety inspections and signage are important steps to protect the business and the employees.
Falls: Another common cause of injuries in the workplace is falling from a vehicle. Falls are a common cause of death in the construction industry and in other industries. Almost five percent of workplace injuries in the US are due to a fall from a height. Although a fall from a height isn’t as severe as a fall from a lower height, it is still a significant cause of death and major injuries. Falls are one of the leading causes of workers’ compensation costs.
Slips and trips are another common cause of workplace injuries. These injuries occur when workers don’t wear proper shoes. Injuries caused by slips and falls can range from broken bones to traumatic brain injury. The most severe cases of slips and trips involve falling from a height. This can cause broken bones, concussions, and even damage to the spinal cord.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are another major cause of workplace accidents. These injuries result in debilitating pain, and can permanently limit a worker’s ability to perform his job. These injuries can be prevented by proper workplace design. Workers should also be aware of potential hazards such as electrical hazards, spills, and confined spaces.
Preventing workplace accidents is vital for any business, and proper training can protect employees and reduce their insurance premiums. Improvements in safety protocols can also reduce claims histories for employers. This can help employers earn discounts for lower premiums. Further, workplace safety can be improved by making minor changes or trainings.