When an employee is injured on the job, the resulting medical costs can dig deep into your business’s bottom line. Rieva Lesonsky recently wrote an article on Small Business Trends regarding workplace injuries, including the most common workplace accidents and injuries and how to prevent them from happening.
The top five causes of accidents included: Material handling, slips, trips and falls, being struck by or colliding with an object, and cumulative trauma.
The top five types of injures included: Strains/sprains, cuts or punctures, contusions, inflammation, and fractures.
Accidents can happen with any type of job. Whether you’re using a ladder to stock shelves, moving, lifting, or carrying an item, or using a hammer to hang up a bulletin board there is potential for an accident to occur.
To lessen the risk of workplace accidents:
- Prevent slips and falls by keeping common areas clear of obstacles and well lit. Use rubber mats or slip resistant flooring when appropriate and wipe up spills promptly.
- Exercise caution when using ladders.
- Provide safety equipment.
- Educate employees about ergonomics.
- Keep up-to-date on new hazards and educate employees about how to avoid them.
- Create a culture of safety.
Workplace accidents and injuries will happen. For this reason, it is important to keep a well-stocked first aid kit on site, keep an accident report log, and have adequate insurance.
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