Workplace injuries cause millions of American workers to lose time from work or change industries. According to a recent estimate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia alone accounts for over 78,000 non-fatal private industry injuries and illnesses annually.
These are among the most common injuries workers sustain while performing their jobs.
Strains and sprains
Ergonomic factors contribute to a high incidence of strains and sprains across numerous industries. For example, employees who work in factory settings may be susceptible to injuries from repetitive movements and excessive force that can affect the shoulders, hands and back. Sustaining an awkward position throughout the day may also lead to muscle and ligament damage. For example, shoulder injuries account for many workplace injuries among house painters. Sedentary office workers may also experience back strains and sprains from maintaining poor posture while sitting throughout the day.
Slip and fall accidents at the workplace can cause extensive injuries and death. Broken bones are a common consequence of these accidents, which result from various circumstances, including:
- Spills that remain on the floor
- Obstacles due to loose wires
- Poor lighting near staircases
- Cluttered walking areas
- Poor floor maintenance
According to the National Safety Council, most falls are preventable, yet they cause workers to miss a significant number of workdays annually.
Cuts and lacerations
Direct contact with sharp or motorized equipment can cause serious injuries ranging from losing a body part to nerve damage. Although many cut and laceration injuries involve the hands, many affect the head due to objects falling, vehicle crashes and tripping.
Workplace injuries can have devastating consequences, and knowing their common causes can help to minimize them.