Crash, Bang, Wallop: 5 of the Most Common Workplace Injuries
The workplace is fraught with hidden dangers.
And although injuries have actually fallen according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were still around 64,000 accidents in the workplace last year.
Overall, slips and trips were the most commonly reported accident, causing almost three in every 10 injuries and accounting for the loss of an estimated three million working days.
More gravely, in the last year, over 170 people were killed whilst at work, which is why all employees, regardless of their role, must be cognisant of the dangers lurking around each corner.
Want to know more about some of the most common workplace injuries? Read on …
- Sidestep Slips and Trips
Whether you work in a factory in Felixstowe or an office in Oldham, slippery floors can occur anywhere. From wet reception areas to spills on a toilet floor, it’s important you’re extra careful on these types of surfaces, especially when the weather outside is inclement.
- Evade Sharps Injuries
If you work in a medical environment, your employer should provide appropriate facilities for storing and disposing of all categories of sharps waste. Indeed, used needles and denaturing kits should all be placed in sharps bins for your safety and security.
- Be Cautious of Burns
When working in a laboratory or factory, you may be subjected to chemicals, which can cause nasty burns. You may also be scorched by equipment that’s overheated or even a faulty kettle in the canteen. If affected, make sure your burn is given the proper attention and seek professional help if your condition worsens.
- Beware of Hearing Loss
For office workers, the only hearing loss you’re likely to experience is when Doreen from accounts chews your ear off with her latest anecdote. However, in an industrial setting, exposure to loud noises can, over time, cause significantly reduced hearing – so be sure to wear ear protection at all times.
- Avoid the Carpal Tunnel
This one’s a real pain for office workers, as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes serious issues stemming from moving your joints repetitively. Whether you’re fervently clicking a mouse or bashing away on a keyboard, you should be armed with a few stretching exercises to prevent damage, as well as taking regular breaks away from the computer.
Have you suffered an injury in the workplace? What advice would you give to those affected? Let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.