People often think of certain professions, such as office work, as being safe. The fact is that every job comes with some risks. Understanding those can help employers provide the tools and protocol they need to keep their employees safe. When employers don't do this, the workers might suffer injuries.
According to data published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2015, at least two million workers suffer fatal injuries on the job worldwide each year. Further, 160 million employees end up with non-fatal occupational diseases on an annual basis. Some work-related conditions are more common than others.
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.
As a carpenter, you regularly use your hands and arms to do your job. Recently, you've been having a difficult time with weakness and pain in your elbows, which has taken a toll on your work. You've called off twice and had to rearrange clients because of the issue.
You have been working in your office for a few weeks, and one thing you've noticed is that the floors can be extremely slick. You are required to dress professionally, and that often means wearing heels and dressier shoes that don't always have as much traction as you'd like.
Working as a police officer, emergency responder or another first-response worker can put you in danger. Sometimes, people lash out at you, and you could get hurt.
There are many toxins that you could be exposed to on the job, from chemicals used to clean to materials found while working on a job site. Toxic exposure is a big problem because toxins can have a lasting negative impact on your body.
If you work on a Duck boat, you know that it could be a little dangerous if you sank. After one such boat sank in Missouri, the Coast Guard determined that these boats do need a redesign.
When you get hurt performing your job, it's a big deal. Since you were doing something you would normally do, the injury might make it impossible to perform your work duties. You may find that you can't return to your job even after emergency care and recovery.
You have always loved your job, but lately, it's been difficult. You've had more and more back pain building up each day. You've had days where you could barely stand or sit. You just want to feel better, but work seems to make you worse.