5 Most Common Workplace Injuries (& Their Causes)
Have you ever been injured at work? It happens more often than you might think. See whether your injury was one of the most common workplace injuries.
Let’s face it, accidents happen.Regardless of which industry you work in, there’s always a chance of getting hurt or even killed on the job. The severity of the injury often depends on the industry you work in.
Here are some of the common workplace injuries:
1. Muscle strain
Muscle strain injuries can happen anywhere, but they’re particularly prevalent in industries involving heavy labor and even in retail settings. Luckily, muscle strains are one of the easiest injuries to avoid with basic training on how to lift heavy objects properly.
2. Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
RSIs are becoming increasingly common. Those who do repetitive tasks, such as using a keyboard, can suffer from RSIs.
One problem is that employers often don’t treat RSIs as seriously as they should. To help reduce the chances of their employees suffering from RSIs, employers should encourage the use of ergonomic equipment and taking breaks during the workday.
3. Slips, trips and falls
These kinds of injuries can also happen anywhere. All it takes is a spilled drink or rainy day to create a slippery floor. Likewise, it’s easy to trip over uneven surfaces if you’re not paying attention or get distracted.
Falls from heights are especially common for workers who must climb ladders like roofers and construction crew.
4. Cuts and lacerations
Regardless of where you work, it’s possible to cut yourself on the job. Cuts and lacerations can range from minor (like a bad papercut) to severe (box cutter injuries or knife slips).
Poor training, failing to follow safety protocols and inadequate safety measures are all contributors for these kinds of common workplace injuries.
5. Crashes and collisions
Anyone who drives a vehicle or heavy machinery for their job is at higher risk for being involved in a crash. For this reason, it’s important for employers to have strict seat belt regulations as well as any other appropriate safety measures in place.
These are just a few of the possible injuries you could face on the job.If you’re involved in a workplace injury , reach out to our experts for more information on filing a claim in Montana.