Accidents happen at the workplace no matter how big or small the company is. More dangerous settings such as construction sites and factories often pose more threatening and high risk situations for injuries to occur. Falling equipment, faulty machinery and unsafe working conditions are all factors that could lend to a worker being injured. However, more docile settings such as an office or small business can also produce work related injuries. Even everyday and seemingly harmless tasks such as typing or filing can cause potential long-term injuries. It is important to be aware of the types of injuries that you could face at the workplace and also be knowledgeable about how to prevent them from happening.
Here are the top ten most common workplace injuries according to the 2008 Workplace Safety Index.
1. Fall on Same Level: This type of workplace injury refers to those falls without elevation or falls on same level surfaces. Examples of this are falls on wet and slippery office floors and slips on snow covered surfaces usually affecting elderly employees.
2. Overexertion: This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics.
3. Repetitive Motion: A good example is typing on a computer in regular offices. Due to prolonged repetitive motion, muscles and tendons are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, and vision problems.
4. Fall to Lower Level: This includes falling from an elevated surface such as roofs, ladders, walls, and stairways.
5. Bodily Reaction: This type of injury is caused by tripping and slipping without actually falling.
6. Struck by Object: Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person. These can cause very serious injuries.
7. Struck against Object: This injury is caused by running into doors, tables, chairs, walls, and other concrete objects.
8. Highway Incident: This injury refers to automobile accidents that may happen to an employee who is on an official business trip.
9. Caught in/ compressed by : Handling large and sharp machinery is terribly dangerous especially without proper knowledge and precautions used. Workers may also be exposed to extreme temperature which can also cause this type of injury.
10. Assaults and violent acts: This may not be a frequent occurrence but is nonetheless causing injuries among employees who engage in physical attack against each other.