Did you know that every single day 12 people will head to their jobs and not come home? This is a pretty frightening and morbid statistic, but it is true – your job can kill you. Some of these injuries are minor and recoverable, but many are not – some people are seriously injured and may never walk again or they might be permanently disfigured; not to mention the emotional turmoil too. Not only can these injuries cost workers their lives, but also, it can cost your business millions in court and healthcare costs. Here are 5 common causes of workplace injuries and how to prevent them.

  1. One of the biggest injuries is a slow-coming one. If you work at a job where you are making continual repetitive motions all day, like typing, writing, or moving your body, you could be at risk of muscular discomfort and disorders, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision problems, especially if you stare at a computer screen. If your employees work all day at a computer, it might be wise to get ergonomic pads for their wrists for when they type and more comfortable chairs with back support.
  2. Another common workplace injury has to do with machines. People can become instantly ensnarled in heavy machinery if they are not careful. This means that you must make sure that employees can keep anything that dangles or could get caught safe and secure. That means that workers should keep longer hair in buns and they should not wear loose fitting clothing. In addition, they should not stand too close to the machinery. It is also essential that you post warning signs near machines and give employees safety lessons.
  3. There is also a big chance of one of your employees getting into a vehicle related injury, especially if the position requires lots of driving, like delivery or transport. Also, many cars are equipped with modern equipment, like computers and communication devices, which can be incredibly distracting. Not only is important to instruct employees on safe driving, but also you should hire drivers with excellent driving records. Someone that has a history of accidents and traffic violations has a much higher chance of getting into a collision.
  4. Falling injuries is another big one. Doctors who specialize in pain management in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the country say that out of all their patients who have work related injuries, falling injuries are the most prevalent. This could mean they have fallen from ladders, roofs, construction sites and even from cherry-pickers in the warehouse. Whatever the case is, you must provide employees with safety harnesses and helmets – and you need to instruct them about the hazards.
  5. Lastly, another common workplace injury comes from heavy items falling on employees. The injuries occur most commonly on job sites where heavy machinery is being transported and if something comes loose, causing a serious head injury. If you want to prevent injuries from falling items, it is recommended to use safety equipment and to hold regular meets about how to reduce the risk of heavy objects coming loose. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.