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What are the most common types of workplace injuries?

Every job presents some risk to a person’s safety, whether that person sits behind a desk or works on a construction site. And workplace accidents can happen to anyone.

Thankfully, there are numerous precautions people can take to reduce their risk of getting hurt. Understanding what the most common injuries are can make it easier to see what you can do to stay safe.

Workplace-related injuries

According to the National Safety Council, the following are the top three events that cause injuries that result in a person having to miss work:

  1. Overexertion
  2. Contact with equipment or objects
  3. Falling, slipping or tripping

These events create a wide range of injuries. Overexertion caused by repetitive motions or lifting objects can cause back and neck pain, muscle strain and nerve compression. Getting hit by an object or stuck in a piece of equipment can result in lacerations, broken bones and brain trauma. Falling accidents can cause fractures, spinal cord injuries and head injuries.

Each of these injuries can be painful and disrupt a person’s daily life and ability to work, so it is crucial for every worker to know how to protect themselves.

Avoiding an injury in your job

These events can happen to anyone, but there are ways to reduce your risk of injury.

Wear proper protective equipment. Depending on your job, this equipment can include goggles, helmet, harnesses and masks. You might also need to use ergonomic chairs and gloves.

Practice safe lifting practices and avoid any physical activity that feels beyond your capabilities.

Finally, know and comply with the rules for operating machinery. Secure necessary licensing and participate in any trainings that may be available to ensure you understand how to use the equipment correctly.

What to do if an accident still happens

Unfortunately, workplace accidents can still happen despite efforts to prevent them. In these situations, injured parties should notify their employer and seek medical attention right away. Even if an accident or injury seems minor, it can create serious problems if a person ignores it or waits too long to get treatment.