4 Common Workplace Injuries

Posted on : May 30, 2017

Every job has the potential for an accident to occur. No matter if you work a desk or manual labor job, accidents can occur at anytime, anywhere. It is best to know about these accidents in order to try to avoid them. Check out four of the most common workplace injuries.

Fallen Objects

This type of injury usually occurs when you are trying to reach something that is above your head. For example, if you need to get something from a high shelf and a heavy object falls on your head. Make sure to use a steady ladder instead of jumping or climbing on a chair. 

The result from an injury like this is usually trauma to the head, neck, or back. Objects can also fall on your legs or arms depending on the position you are in. 

Slips & Falls

Slip and fall injuries happen when the floor is slippery or there is an object on the floor that causes you to trip. These injuries are extremely common in any workplace. You may lose your balance and fall at any time depending on the situation.

Always be aware of your surroundings and look for any potential areas where a slip can occur. Clean up any liquids that are on the floor and notify other employees in your office.

Those who have a slip or fall can suffer back, head, arm, or leg injuries depending on the way they fall.

Collision with an Object

Let’s say you are walking to the kitchen and accidentally run into the door, or collide with a moving cart. Whichever the case may be, these accidents can be extremely painful and damaging. Depending on the speed you collide with the object will determine the injury you will have.

Collision injuries can damage any part of the body based on what is hit. For example, if your head is hit, you risk the potential of a concussion. 

Overexertion from Heavy Materials 

If you do a lot of lifting and carrying in your current job, you may be familiar with this type of injury.  Everyday lifting of heavy boxes or materials can easily cause an injury over time.

This will usually affect your back or shoulders, causing you extreme pain and may prevent you from continuing your job. 

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