Whether you work in a retail outlet, an office, a factory, or even the great outdoors, injuries at work are very common. There are incredibly high numbers of workplace accidents every year with varying degrees of seriousness. No matter how accident aware you are, it can be tough to eradicate the potential for those accidents, but by knowing about the most common injuries, you may be better able to assess your workplace and reduce the possibility for them happening. Knowing how to respond in cases of accidents at work can also reduce the overall severity of them, so here’s a refresher on the most common accidents that occur in the workplace, and how to cope with them.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
The most common type of workplace accident by far; slippery surfaces are the root cause of slips, trips, and falls. These can be dangerous, but even standard signage can help to reduce the potential for unexpected calamity. Falls are made much worse if you work at a height, so it’s your responsibility, and the responsibility of your employer, that safety in those situations are addressed on a regular basis. If you do suffer from a slip, trip, or fall, assess your injury and report the accident to your manager. The injury will need to be recorded, and you may need medical attention.
While falling objects can affect us anywhere and at any time, you have to be particularly careful in work environments. Objects that haven’t been packed, stacked, and strapped correctly can have a devastating effect, and injuries caused by falling objects are all too common. If you are struck on the head by a heavy item, then you will need immediate medical care, as there may be damage that you have yet to notice. In severe cases, you may need to hire an experienced Tampa brain injury attorney with the relevant awareness of the different types of head injury results. Head injuries caused by heavy falling objects can be extremely dangerous, so always make a conscious effort to keep yourself safe.
If your work involves lifting and moving heavy objects, then you are likely to encounter a strain at some point. These are often minor but become less so if they are related to your back or neck. The right training on lifting methods can largely avoid strains and muscle tears, but if you do strain a muscle, then you will need to consult with a medical professional. Back strain especially can cause long-term health and mobility issues, so don’t assume that a strain is a minor injury.
Repetitive Strain Injury has become increasingly common, yet it remains a fact that many employers provide little to no support for those suffering from RSI. The idea that it is the sole preserve of those that spend their days on a keyboard is misguided, as any job that requires any form of repetitive activity can leave you open to the risk of RSI. Employers should be allowing for regular breaks from repetitive activities, especially as the cumulative effects of RSI can often become quite severe. You will be the best judge of your level of need when it comes to RSI, but as with any workplace injury, ensure that you record the case in the medical report log.
For employers, it is always worth looking at extra training and extra care in the workplace. If your employer has fallen behind on risk-assessments, then it may be time to give them a prompt. While it’s almost impossible to remove the potential for every type of workplace accident, the right planning can help to avoid the more unnecessary of mishaps.