The most frequently reported work injuries that result in workers’ compensation being paid include falls on the same level, exertion injuries including strains, sprains or tears, and even struck by or caught in between injuries, all of which happen frequently in the workplace. Knowing what can happen is the first step in reducing injuries. Work related injuries will decrease if employers and employees work toward mitigating the hazards and behaviors that often result in these common injuries.
Overexertion injuries caused by lifting, reaching, throwing or carrying are common in the workplace, resulting in sprains or strains especially of the neck and back which can lead to periods of disability. Any effort to reduce exertion injuries begins with proper training and technique in tackling the job. Certainly overextend injuries can be minimized by the use of devices or teamwork to assist with a task where possible. It is also important for workers to maintain proper physical conditioning to reduce the likelihood of these types of injuries.
Falls in the workplace cause thousands of injuries every year. To reduce falls on the same level, it is very important to conduct regular housekeeping, ensuring that work areas and walkways are free from clutter. Additionally anti-slip coverings on floors and wearing anti-slip footwear can go a long way in preventing slips, trips and falls on the same level. As for falls to lower levels, the same rules apply, but should also include fall protection gear and proper use and maintenance of ladders and scaffolds.
Struck By Injuries at Work
Struck by injuries often happen when employees are struck by falling objects or by machinery such as forklifts in a busy work area. It is crucial that employees stacking or removing materials always wear proper PPE such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hand protection and properly arrange materials to prevent collapse. Wearing bright clothing on the floor can help drivers of vehicles avoid workers on foot. All drivers should receive regular safety training to avoid collisions.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
These are just a few examples to reduce common work injuries which can be part of an overall plan to improve health and safety of Iowa workers. Working to remove hazards in the workplace and improving work behaviors through training and adequate supervision can prevent injuries from occurring. When you or a family member has been injured at work, contact the Des Moines work injury attorneys of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC at 515-244-1473 or send us an email.