As an employee, you expect to be safe and secure while working. However, accidents can happen at any workplace if you are not careful.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.1 million workers’ compensation cases in 2021 alone. By understanding the injuries that often lead to these cases, you can take preventative measures and stay safe.
Cuts and tears
If you work with sharp objects, such as knives or broken glass, you are susceptible to cuts and tears. These injuries can range in severity from a small cut to a deep wound that requires stitches. You should use personal protective equipment, such as gloves or safety glasses, when handling sharp objects.
Sprains and strains
According to the National Library of Medicine, 60% of workers’ compensation claims come from sprains and strains. These injuries can happen due to overexertion or repetitive motion, such as lifting heavy objects or performing the same task over and over again. You should know how to lift objects safely, and it is important to take breaks if your task requires repetitive movement.
Blunt force trauma
Blunt force trauma often occurs when an object strikes or collides with the body. A variety of items, such as falling objects or machinery, can cause this type of injury. Blunt force trauma can result in a wide range of problems, from minor bruises to severe fractures and internal bleeding. Protective gear (such as hard hats) and proper training can help reduce the risk of injury.
While preventing workplace injuries is important, having the right mindset is also crucial. You should take ownership of your safety, as well as the safety of your coworkers. Stay on the lookout and speak up if you see something that puts people at risk.