7 Common Work Place Injuries
By Darwin F. Johnson on April 22nd, 2015 in Workers Compensation
Accidents at work can lead to financial problems and long term injuries for those involved. In spite of increased legislation to improve safety in the workplace, thousands of people suffer accidents at work every year. The type of environment you work in determines the type of risks you’re exposed to. For example, a factory worker may be injured operating machinery or lifting heavy objects. Office environments are generally safer, but workers are still exposed to risks every day.
The following are some of the most common work place injuries.
1) Back injuries.
Workers who are regularly required to carry, lift, push or pull large objects are at risk of back injuries. Employers should provide adequate training and equipment to reduce these risks. Even carrying small objects over long distances can result in painful back injuries. Back problems can become very serious if they aren’t treated, and they are one of the most common causes of employees being absent from work.
2) Broken bones and fractures.
Slips and trips account for around a third of workplace accidents. Poorly maintained flooring, spillages and obstructions are often the cause. Trailing cables and worn carpets are a common cause of trips in offices. This type of accident often leads to broken bones and fractures, and they can be very serious in some cases.
3) Head injuries.
Falling from heights can be one of the most serious types of workplace accidents. Workers in the construction industry should always wear protective headgear when at height, but head injuries can still happen. Objects like tools falling from above can also result in head injuries. Any injury to the head or neck should always be checked out by a medical professional as they can have long term consequences.
Minor burns are common for people working in the restaurant industry. Even minor skin burns require some treatment as they can become infected. More serious burns can result in permanent scars. Workers using chemicals can be at risk of burns, and safety equipment should always be provided.
5) Injuries from electrical equipment.
Electric shocks and burns from faulty tools and machinery happen far more than they should in the workplace. Tools and machinery should be well maintained and appropriate for the job. Workers must be trained on how to use electrical machinery and be aware of potential hazards.
6) Loss of sight.
Permanent loss of sight can be a devastating and life changing injury. Head trauma, sharp objects and electric shocks are some of the causes of loss of sight. Bright lights can cause temporary blindness for some workers.
7) Amputations and fatalities.
Fortunately incidents of this type are rare, but hundreds of workers lose limbs every year due to the failure of employers to create a safe working environment. Losing a limb can mean the end of your working life, and compensation payments should reflect this. The families of workers killed in the workplace deserve generous payments for their distress and to ensure that they can manage financially for years to come.