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Most common workplace accidents

When it comes to workplace accidents, it is clear that proper training, implementation of safety features and equipment, and diligent observation by supervisors can help prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries to workers. Unfortunately, accidents are still common, according to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor, which estimates that 3.3 million people suffer workplace injuries each year. According to the Occupational Safety Health Adminstration (OSHA), the most frequently reported workplace accidents from 2013 to 2014 were:

Falls from elevation, failure to communicate hazards, scaffolding accidents, failure to provide respiratory protection, trucks and heavy machinery accidents, accidents on ladders, and electrical wiring accidents. These workplace accidents caused serious injuries to workers and cost employers millions of dollars all across the United States.

Workplace safety can only be effective if communication and education are improved. While some employers have training standards and ongoing education initiatives in place, others have not caught up to the trends, and their workers may suffer injuries as a result.

People report injuries for all sorts of reasons, but the most common injuries are caused by overexertion. Lifting, pulling, pushing, or carrying heavy loads can take a toll on an individual’s body, and overexertion can have a lasting effect on the individual and their health and may prevent them from being able to work in the future. Overexertion injuries that are commonly reported to OSHA are back injuries, wrist, neck, knees, shoulders, and ankles. In order to avoid overexertion, employees should be trained on how to properly lift items, and they should be given plenty of rest in between tasks so that they do not lift while tired.

The second most commonly reported workplace injury is slip-and-fall injuries. People report slips and falls at a high rate, and while these accidents can be embarrassing, they can also cause serious health problems and force employees to miss work due to recovery. Slip and fall accidents can be prevented by keeping workspaces clean and free of debris, clutter, or water on the floor, and proper signage should be in place at all times if the floor is wet, or has recently been cleaned.

By focusing on the two most commonly reported injuries in the workplace: overexertion and slips-and-falls, we can reduce the number of hurt workers. We found several great resources, including a how-to on overexertion and this New York law firm’s website that details the legal action that workers can take. With the proper education and training for all workers, we may be able to prevent workplace injuries or hold negligent employers accountable for the injuries that their workers suffer.

Read more about how to prevent workplace injuries on MHI’s website and visit the website of the New York law firm here. Check back with us regularly for more information on prevention of workplace injuries and how you can do your part to keep workers safe! If we all do our part, we can make sure that workers do not suffer unnecessary and costly injuries at work, which will save them and their employers money in the long run.

 

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