Getting hurt at work is the last thing anyone wants, but yet these accidents happen all the time. What is worse is that many of the accidents that do happen are a result of similar errors in the workplace, like not keeping the floors clear of debris or failing to use the correct personal protective equipment.
In any workplace, prevention is the first step to address workplace accidents and injuries. To prevent them, you need to know which accidents are most likely.
What are the top three most common causes of occupational injuries and illnesses?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 882,730 occupational injuries or illnesses took place during 2017. Over 25% of all injuries were a result of slipping, tripping or falling. Being struck by equipment caused 15% of all nonfatal workplace injuries, while overexertion played a role in around 11% of cases.
What should your employer be doing to prevent accidents and injuries?
Your employer can help prevent injuries on the job by promoting good safety techniques in the office or on your worksite. Some easy tips are to:
- Install good lighting
- Clean up spills when they happen
- Communicate the presence of hazards with others
- Use appropriate signage to identify hazards
- Enforce good PPE and the right attire for the job
In any workplace, there are bound to be accidents, but by taking steps to minimize the risk, you will help reduce the likelihood of injuries and illnesses. If you do end up getting hurt on the job, you may be able to pursue a workers' compensation claim.