Maryland employees want to feel safe at the workplace, whether their particular occupation carries obvious hazards or not. They probably anticipate ending their shift feeling healthy and happy. However, with an estimated 3 million occupational injuries that happen annually around the country, this is not the case for many people. There are some safety tips to help employees avoid common work-related injuries that are outlined in an annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Research Institute for Safety.
Lower back strains and sprains are often signs of overexertion. This can be avoided if employees work together when moving or lifting extremely heavy things, by using correct lifting practices and using dollies to move the large and heavy items.
Other injuries can easily occur to employees who trip or slip while at the job. Employees should try to avoid wet or slippery floors and be extra vigilant around obstacles and debris in walkways. Wherever there are wet floors at work areas, the employers should display caution signs.
Further common occupation injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, torn ligaments and sprains. These injuries are usually suffered by employees performing repeated motions. Some of the work-related activities that lead to repetitive stress injuries include writing, butchering and assembly line work. Ergonomics and training to improve work techniques can minimize repetitive stress injuries.
Even with all safety precautions, however, workplace accidents will continue to take place for a variety of reasons. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and the benefits can include the provision of medical care. An attorney can often help an injured worker who is unsure about how to prepare and file a claim.
Source: Huffington Post, “How to Avoid Workplace Injuries”, Stephanie Caudle, May 9, 2016
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