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Not all work related injuries can be prevented. Sometimes humans are humans and even with the best of intentions, training and safety measures, accidents can happen. Check out the top 4 work-related injuries with some tips on how to best prepare and prevent your employees and your business from falling victim (no pun intended) to work hazards.
1. Heavy lifting: We've all seen the small print on a job description, "Must be able to lift 20 lbs." Well, if not handled properly, those 20 lbs can cause a lot of damage to your employee and your pocket book. Injuries from heavy lifting, pushing, carrying or pulling is the number one reason for work-related injuries.
How to prevent: Make sure your employees are properly trained in their position. Encourage them to use their legs when lifting and to ask for assistance when needed. Equipment like safety belts, gloves and a dolly may also be helpful in moving heavy loads.
2. Slippin' and trippin': A puddle by the coffee maker, a rogue step stool in the middle of the office, these, aside from being unsightly, are hazardous in the workplace.
How to prevent: Take a survey of the office conditions regularly. Is there a leak in the bathroom? Maybe some storage boxes that can be put away. You will want to keep hallways, entrances and stairwells clean and clear of any obstacles. You may also check to make sure employees are wearing the appropriate shoes for their position and that proper signage is available if there is a spill.
3. Falling: From heights or down the stairs, falling can happen in real life- at any time. And it can also happen in the workplace. Ladders, roofs, scaffolding, equipment are all heights in which employees may lose their footing and fall.
How to prevent: Again, training and advanced safety measures for all types jobs where height by be a factor is crucial. Harnesses, safety ropes, netting, warning signs and hand rails are some examples of items that may help in preventing major falls.
4. Falling objects: Aside from falling down, falling objects are a major work issue- especially on construction sites or where items may be stored on shelves or in an attic.
How to prevent: Training and making sure any loads or items are secure and safe is the best way to avoid any serious mishaps at work. Equipment like hard hats and safety goggles may not be necessary for all work environments, but if there is remodeling, construction or heavy equipment being used, they are great ways to deter any major issues or injury.
BONUS Tip: Be sure you have the State-required safety signs displayed in your office, in a place where all employees have access to the information. For our fellow Washingtonians, check out this site for more information. Stay safe!
For information on how you can document work-related injury in a Human Capital Management system, contact us to schedule a live demonstration of WorkforceONE.