A workplace injury can have a dramatic effect on your life. It can prevent you from working for weeks, months and even years. The medical bills for treatment and rehabilitation can stack up, too. Emotional and financial issues come to the forefront and intersect. Your family suddenly faces hardship, too.
Workers in various industries from manufacturing and construction to health care and oil and gas understand the on-the-job hazards they face. There are many such dangers that can lead to catastrophic and even fatal injuries. The injuries run the gamut, but they ultimately lead to the same outcome: A worker needs medical and financial help.
Falls, repetitive stress and burns
In many instances, the negligence of an employer or third party can contribute to a worker’s injury. Here is a list of seven common workplace injuries:
- Slips, trips and falls: Wet and unclean floors, as well as improperly installed scaffolding, are the sources of many preventable injuries that can lead to traumatic brain injury and serious fractures
- Cuts, punctures and lacerations: Working with heavy machinery and box cutters can cause injuries that may damage tendons and cause extreme loss of blood.
- Overexertion: Heavy lifting can lead to an assortment of ailments such as lower back and joint pain. This includes neck, shoulder and knee injuries and even hernias. Surgery and rehabilitation scenarios are likely.
- Repetitive stress: Constant and repetitive motion in job-related activities can damage a worker’s muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments, potentially leading to tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other ailments.
- Exposure to chemicals: Many manufacturing workers face this hazard. Inhaling potentially toxic chemicals can damage the lungs and cause long-term respiratory problems. Chemicals also can burn the skin and harm the eyes.
- Burns and scalds: Handling materials at high temperatures or working where fire is present can be dangerous. These injuries may require painful skin grafts.
- Loss of hearing: Consistent exposure to loud noises can lead to hearing loss. Manufacturing, construction and airport workers may be more susceptible to this, so wearing hearing protection can help.
Employers must protect their workers by providing them with proper training along with education on safety guidelines. Workers are a vital part of any employer because they help that company’s engine run.