There are dangers in every line of work and each year people suffer injuries while on the job. In fact, in 2020/21 there were over 441,000 people that claimed for non-fatal work-related personal injury. Some industries are more hazardous than others, but even an office-based role has dangers. Read on to learn about what the most common work-related injuries are so that you know what to look out for.
Slips, Trips & Falls
The most common types of accidents at work are slips, trips and falls and these can occur in all industries. The severity of these accidents can vary greatly and some people jump right back up while others have life-changing injuries. To prevent these types of injuries, the employer needs to create a safe work environment, but employees also need to keep their own workspaces clear and tidy. Signage should also be used to alert people to wet floors, uneven surfaces etc.
Overextension & Muscle Strains
Overextension and muscle strains are highly common in any line of work where heavy lifting is part of the job, such as construction. It is important that people are trained in how to lift safely, that they never overdo it and that they have help available for heavy objects.
Burns are only common in industries where the role involves handling hazardous substances, but it is common in these industries. Warning stickers and signs on dangerous substances are essential along with staff wearing proper PPE at all times for protection.
Being Hit by a Moving Object
Being hit by a moving object is another common accident and this is one that can lead to very serious and long-term injuries. This could involve objects falling from a height, runaway trolleys or even being hit by a vehicle. These types of accidents are not always easy to prevent or protect against, but making sure that people have access to PPE is key as well as keeping workspaces beat, tidy and organized.
These are a few of the most common accidents that occur in the workplace. Often, these are avoidable when steps are taken to prioritize health and safety at work. Every industry has its own hazards, but it is important to be aware of what these are and know what steps can be taken to reduce the chance of an injury or accident happening onsite that could cause significant damage.