5 Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

December 27, 2022
Top five workplace injuries
  1. Cumulative Trauma
    Stems from repetitive motions over a long period of time, leading to the degradation of a body part, joint, muscle, or tendon

    How to Avoid: pay attention to posture | take short breaks to stretch | use ergonomic tools | wear braces and supports | know proper lifting techniques
  2. Slips, Trips & Falls
    Occur due to wet surfaces, weather hazards, poor lighting, obstructed views, cluttered paths, and uneven surfaces; falls often happen from heights, including from ladders, stairs, and roofs

    How to Avoid: practice good housekeeping | wear proper footwear | understand ladder safety | mind your surroundings | report or clear areas with clutter, spillage, or obstructions
  3. Contact w/Equipment or Objects
    Striking, being struck by, or being pinched or crushed by equipment, materials, or objects; also caused by friction between a person and an object

    How to Avoid: use caution around machinery | be aware of overhead objects; report signs of instability | undergo proper training | perform routine maintenance of equipment and machinery
  4. Material Handling
    Common in manufacturing and the retail industry; injuries usually occur from unsafe or incorrect practices in moving materials, manually and mechanically

    How to Avoid: practice proper lifting | use mechanical aids as appropriate | avoid lifting/moving items that are too bulky, heavy, or awkward for one person
  5. Incidents Involving Tools
    Includes injuries from power and nonpowered tools; typically caused by human error, improper use, or tool malfunction

    How to Avoid: ensure proper training | never work while distracted | inspect tools regularly | use tools only as intended by the manufacturer

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