At Breakaway it is our top priority to keep all of our associates safe on the job. Workplace injuries become more common when workers/employers try to cut corners or do not offer proper training.
Today we want to shed light on the top three most common types of workplace injury and advise on what workers and employers can do to prevent injury at work.
The 3 Most Common Types of Workplace Injury
Overexertion is any activity in which the worker is doing repetitive motion. This includes but is not limited to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, or carrying.
compassionatecaremi.com offers 6 tips for avoiding overexertion at work:
- Know your limits
- Stretch and warm up before any heavy lifting or strenuous activity
- Lift properly
- Set obtainable goals
- Stay hydrated
- Stop and take a break if you experience dizziness, sore/painful muscles, low abdominal pain, or nausea
For proper lifting techniques please consult the tips below:
Slipping or tripping is the second most common workplace injury and is caused by a spill or blockage on the floor. Slips and trips are most common when a worker is not paying attention to their surroundings or a mess has not been promptly cleaned up.
The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides three ways to prevent workplace slips and trips:
- Housekeeping – cleaning all spills promptly, removing obstacles from work area, marking wet areas, keeping work areas well lit
- Flooring – Modifying or replacing flooring/mats to prevent slips and trips
- Footwear – Ensuring workers are wearing the proper footwear for the conditions they will be working in
3. Falling from Heights
Falling from heights happens when a worker falls from an elevated level. This type of workplace injury can occur due to a slip, improper protective clothing, or improper training.
The Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides 4 ways to prevent falls from heights in the workplace:
Risk Assessment – identify any hazards related to the work being done at heights. This work should be planned, supervised, and not carried out in bad weather
Fall Protection Plan – companies require a fall protection plan when workers are working at a vertical height between 10-25 feet. The plan should include potential hazards, protections in place, and procedures for fall protection equipment
Training and Supervision – employers must ensure that workers know how to use and maintain their fall protection gear as well as provide appropriate training to ensure proper use of the gear at all times
Fall Protection – any worker at risk of falling more than 3 metres should use a fall protection system. Examples include guardrails, work positioning devices, fall arrest systems, the lanyard, or safety netting
The three most common types of workplace injury: overexertion, slipping/tripping, and falling from heights can be prevented if workers and employers take all appropriate measure to keep themselves and their employees safe on the job.