Five Common Workplace Accidents and How to Prevent Them

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Workplace accidents are all too common, with many injuries happening daily. However, the most common workplace accidents are easily avoidable with proper training and equipment. How can you prevent workplace accidents from happening in your workplace? Take a look at five of the most common workplace accidents and how you can get ahead and prevent them:

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the top cause for workers’ compensation claims and are responsible for about 1/3 of all common workplace accidents. They can cause head and neck injuries, broken bones, and sprained muscles. Slips usually occur on wet or oily surfaces, or from loose rugs or mats. Trips can be caused by obstructed view, poor lighting, and uneven walking surfaces. And falls result when a worker falls from an elevated area like a ladder or roof.

To prevent workplace accidents like these, ensure walking surfaces are clean, dry, and clear of obstacles. In addition, make sure to properly train employees who are working with heights, and ensure they wear proper footwear.

Machinery Injuries

Being struck by machinery is another common accident in the workplace. Body parts can get caught in machinery, resulting in crushed hands, severed fingers, or even death. To prevent these injuries, ensure machines are properly guarded with adequate warning signs. The right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), used properly, is essential to preventing injuries. Proper training is necessary and should be required, and monitoring existing hazards is important. Employers should wear protective clothing, as well.

Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle-related accidents are common in the agriculture industry but can occur in manufacturing environments as well. Construction workers are at a high risk for getting hit while working in a congested work zone. A vehicle could accidentally hit a worker, overturn and pin down an employee, or even hit someone with loose cargo.

To prevent vehicle accidents, assess who is at risk and when these accidents occur. Then instill proper safety systems and provide the necessary training to prevent further accidents.

Fire and Explosions

Fires and explosions have the highest casualty rate of all workplace accidents. They typically occur from open flames, faulty gas lines, or improperly-stored combustible items. Explosions can cause hearing damage as well from such high volumes of noise. High-level explosions can lift a worker off the ground and cause them to go flying, objects can strike workers, and employees can often inhale toxic fumes during explosions.

Preventing this common workplace accident involves following OSHA’s hazard communication standards and using material safety data sheets. Clear evacuation plans and alert systems are also necessary.

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)

RSIs are some of the costliest workplace injuries. They occur when employees are injured through performing the same motion repetitively. If employees are not performing the motion properly, injury is even more likely. Whether it’s improper lifting, manually lifting heavy objects, or not taking breaks, any of these could cause an RSI.

Ergonomics training goes a long way in preventing RSI. Mechanical lifting equipment will also reduce the incidence of workers manually lifting heavy objects.

It’s important for companies to learn how to prevent accidents in the workplace, so workers feel safe and valued. Additionally, companies will save a lot of money in compensation claims if they adhere to these prevention tips. Visual communication is a highly effective way to build safety awareness. If your company is ready to get started in preventing workplace accidents with Marlin’s workplace digital signage, contact Marlin today.

December 10, 2018

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