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Workplace Safety Recap: The 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries

Julie Copeland

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Nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year. 

Even though strides are being made to achieve workplace safety for all, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to get every worker home safe, every day.

That’s why we’re recapping a very popular blog post from this past year on the most common workplace injuries, so you don’t miss out on reading up on them and taking action to prevent them in your facility or office.

While some occupations, like the construction industry, are more prone workplace accidents, the majority of workplace injuries can happen at any given time and to anyone. All of them are 100% preventable. 

With millions of workers suffering serious workplace injuries from which they may never recover every year (and over 10 people each day killed due to a workplace accident), it time for you to recognize the hazards in your own facility and help your employees recognize and minimize the risks.

Here are the top 10 reported workers’ compensation injuries as listed by top insurance companies around the country:

10. On the Job Violent Acts - Attacks caused by office politics and other arguments have led to serious physical injuries. Workplace violence employee training and employee diligence in watching out for suspicious activities can help keep these incidents at bay.

9. Repetitive Motion Injuries - This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious but definitely harmful ones in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer 24/7 can strain muscles and tendons causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Employee training and the use of proper ergonomic equipment can help keep these incidents low.

8. Machine Entanglement - This type of injury usually occurs in a factory where heavy equipment and machinery are used. Clothing, shoes, fingers and hair are by everyday equipment when no precaution is taken. Protective equipment and attention to personal details are necessary to avoid these incidents.

7. Vehicle Accidents – Employees who drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents, some of which can be fatal.  Employee Safe-Driver training and employer safe driving policies are likely to reduce accidents.

6. Walking Into Injuries - This happens when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc. Head, knee, neck, and foot injuries are common results. Employee's diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are key to preventing these types of injuries.

5. Falling Object Injuries - Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person can cause very serious injuries. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident. Employee's diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are key to preventing these types of injuries.  Of course, proper personal protection gear usage, such as a hard hat, can be instrumental in keeping the employee safe.

4. Reaction Injuries - These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling.  These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues. It can be hard to prevent such incidents but it is important for employees to pay attention to what is going on in the environment around them.

3. Falling From Heights - This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders, and stairways.  They can be caused by slip and fall accidents or due to faulty equipment.  These types of accidents can be reduced by the use of proper personal protection gear, training and employee diligence.

2. Slipping/Tripping – The number 2 cause of workplace injuries, this pertains to falls on wet and slippery floors or trips over something lying on the floor. Attention to what is going on around them is required of employees and employers will have safety guidelines to ensure spills are promptly cleaned and no debris is present which can be dangerous.

1. Overexertion Injuries - This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying and throwing activities at work. Overexertion not only consistently been the number one workplace injury according but is also the most expensive.  According to the 2008 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion incidents account for $3.4 million in benefit costs annually.

It’s up to management and employees to work together to create a safe work environment. Proper safety equipment, safety training and consistency are all key in reducing workplace injuries.

Ready learn more about preventing common workplace injuries? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with a safety specialist at Arbill 

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