In Pennsylvania, many workers are injured every year while working on the job. Many injuries are otherwise preventable if employers and workers both take steps to avoid the most common causes of them.
By taking care to keep the work area free from clutter, employers can help reduce injuries due to tripping over objects on the floor. Quickly cleaning up spills and notifying people of wet or slick floors can help prevent workers from slipping and falling. Additionally, taking care when stacking objects to do it in an orderly manner and to anchor them down can help prevent workers from being injured by falling materials.
Employees should always wear protective gear and clothing when their jobs entail working with hazardous materials. Employers should provide the protective gear and ensure that workers are wearing it at all times. For employees whose jobs require repetitive motion, employers should consider providing ergonomic equipment designed to minimize the injuries caused by such motion. Similarly, providing assistance for lifting heavy objects is important, as many lifting injuries occur due to workers attempting to lift objects without needed help. People should make certain that they use correct posture and techniques when lifting as well. Finally, being careful when opening doors or rounding corners can help avoid collisions with other workers.
It is impossible to completely prevent all workplace accidents and injuries. By taking appropriate preventative steps, however, the incidence of such injuries can be reduced. When an employee suffers an injury in a workplace accident, the employee may be protected by the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation can provide coverage for medical expenses, ongoing treatment needs, prosthetic devices and partial or total disability.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries“, Christina Hamlett, December 17, 2014