The National Safety Council reports that over seven million workplace injuries are occurring every year in the U.S. That's 12,990 injuries every day. The goal of every worker should be to return home safely. It's important to understand the most common types of workplace injuries to be aware of the dangers and prevent one of these accidents from happening to you. The most common types of injuries are:
Overexertion- These injuries are caused by lifting, pushing, or holding an object back that puts too much pressure on your body. It's important to learn how to lift correctly and understand your physical limits at work.
Basic Falls- These types of falls are caused by wet or slippery surfaces, holes in the floor, objects on the floor, wires across the floor, etc. Always watch where you are walking and never run in your workplace.
Falling From Heights- These falls occur from a ladder, roof, or any higher surface. Be sure to check that the ladder or device you are using is sturdy and wear all the proper protective equipment while working from any height.
Hit By Object- This injury occurs when an object falls and hits a person. This could be a piece of machinery, tools, beams, etc. Be aware of your surroundings and wear a hard hat when appropriate.
Other Exertions- These workplace injuries are caused when a person is engaged in repetitive motion or strenuous long-term effort. Jobs should be designed to prevent these types of injuries. It's okay to protect your safety by asking that certain aspects of your job be redesigned or only done on a part-time basis.
Roadway Accidents- Many jobs require workers to be on the road, which puts them at risk for car or truck accidents. To prevent injuries, it's important to follow all traffic laws and become a defensive driver.
Slips and Trips Without Falling- These types of falls are caused by wet, slippery, or uneven floors. Slipping or tripping can cause muscle strains and many kinds of problems such as back or neck pain. If you can, try to hold onto guardrails or nearby objects to keep your balance.
Walking Into Objects- While walking through a busy office or a packed factory, it's common to find some object in your path. It may be there all the time or just out of place. Many accidents occur when workers walk into objects, so it's important to be aware of your surroundings while traveling through your workplace.
Cuts and Lacerations- These common injuries are caused by all sorts of tools, from basic office equipment to machinery and saws. All machines can be dangerous, so use caution when using equipment or walking near them.
Exposure to Loud Noise- Exposure to continuous loud noise can cause significant hearing loss. Companies should always be improving sound levels and requiring workers to wear protective earplugs. Make sure your earplugs are in when entering a loud work environment.
Workplace injuries are indeed accidents, no one wants them to happen. And, when they do, employees need someone not affiliated with the company to be their advocate. Injured workers need an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation and personal injury law. You have the right to choose who represents you, no matter what your union or employer says. Joe McCarron can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. McCarron Law Firm is available to you 24/7 to bring justice to your situation. Call to schedule a free consultation today at 309-820-1010.