While it is our responsibility to observe and educate our staff on health and safety rules on the job, the potential for workplace injuries is always there. No matter how attentive and conscientious you are about the rules, billions of workers each year end up hospitalized or injured. The impact on insurance rates, productivity, workers’ compensation claims and company morale cannot be underestimated.
Today we will discuss the top 5 most costly workplace injuries and how to prevent them. For a more expanded break down of the Top 10 Most Costly Workplace Injuries please read our previous article.
While our tips below will give you some ideas and insights, it is important to make Incident Tracking part of your company procedure. If done diligently, it will allow you to have a better idea in which sphere most of your accidents have happened and where to focus your attention.
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- Overexertion – to help you prevent these types of injuries, it is important to use support aids for back, knees, feet, etc. This will help you to adjust the job and the work stations to fit the body’s needs. Using back/knee/arm braces and similar support products provides injury prevention solutions that are simple and relatively inexpensive. Other solutions include, frequent short breaks for workers assigned repetitive motion tasks, providing manual of mechanical lifting equipment and varying worker’s tasks and so forth;
- Falls on Same Level – the most common injuries include fractures and broken bones in the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. To decrease the occurrence of such incidents, you can provide proper fall protection equipment, establishing safe walking practices and training employees to recognize fall hazards;
- Falls to Lower Level – Over 60% of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet, which means that if taken seriously, the frequency and severity of such accidents can be greatly reduced. Make sure to provide guard rails and toe-boards as well as harnesses, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails where applicable;
- Being Struck by Object or Equipment – To prevent these accidents, it is important that your employees wear the proper equipment, such as: goggles, face shields, hard hats etc. Make sure that your workplace is compliant by placing the proper signage and increase the awareness of potential dangers;
- Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions – These incidents are often the result of repetitive motion or a reaction to a specific event or incident. To prevent such occurrences, it is important to raise awareness of your staff on the job site. Playing around with equipment, negligent behaviour and even confrontations can result in these types of easily preventable injuries.
Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Over 3.3 million people suffer a workplace injury from which they may never recover. With dedication and education you can help reduce these numbers and improve productivity, profitability and overall job-satisfaction.