Workplace injuries are far too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015, which is over 93 fatalities a week or more than 13 deaths every day. However, there are those injuries that occur more frequently than others.
The following are the top 10 causes of workplace injuries:
- Overexertion – Injuries related to overexertion include lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, and throwing activities on the job.
- Slip and falls or trip and falls – They occur mainly due to wet and slippery floors, as well as floors littered with debris or wires.
- Falls from heights – This type of injury occurs from an elevated area, such as ladders, roofs, and stairways.
- Reaction injuries – Frequently caused by slipping or tripping without falling, resulting in muscle injuries and body trauma.
- Falling objects – Whether the objects fall from shelves or dropped by another individual, injuries related to falling objects are often serious, despite the amount of protection to the head.
- “Walking into” injuries – This occurs when an individual accidentally runs into concrete objects, including doors, walls, glass, cabinets, tables, or chairs.
- Vehicle accidents – Workers who drive for business purposes are typically injured in auto collisions, which can be fatal.
- Machine entanglement – Often happening in factories where heavy machinery and equipment are used, parts of the body and even clothes can get entangled and cause serious injuries.
- Repetitive motion injuries – Actions such as typing or using the computer all day can strain the muscles and tendons, resulting in back pain, vision issues, and carpel tunnel syndrome.
- Violent acts on the job – Arguments resulting in attacks have led to serious injuries.