No matter how conscientious and attentive you might be about ensuring health and safety regulations at your place of work, the causes of workplace injuries are countless. These injuries put staffs on a hospitalization risk or even death. They may also affect the rate of insurance, increase the claims for workers compensation, and reduce overall productivity. Vigilance and proper health and safety training are important in preventing accidents and maintaining a safe working environment. Below are some of the major causes of workplace injuries.
Mental and physical exhaustion occurs whenever someone pushes herself or is pushed beyond the limit. Mental and physical exhaustion leads to impaired judgment and slower reflexes when operating a motor vehicle or machinery, delay response to urgent situations and leads to lack of attention to instructions and details.
Worry about personal mind, health issues, finances and job security are major causes of stress. When the minds of the employees are very distracted by perceived or real threats, the employee might make mistakes, which might lead to injury. It may also lead to high risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Proper health and safety training can teach the employees the importance of seeking counsel while they experience stressful moments.
Slips occur in places such as break rooms and kitchen offices because of the amount of liquid which is splashed there and is not cleaned up later. Tile flooring, hardwood, and linoleum surfaces are specifically dangerous after they are waxed or mopped. The other factor is the nature of footwear the employee wears.
Things left lying carelessly in a corridor with high traffic, poorly installed extension cords and loose carpeting are major causes of employees tripping. Other danger spots are stairs and hallways that are poorly lit as one cannot see what is underfoot.
It is important for people who work around dangerous materials, and toxic waste and chemicals to have high-quality gloves, eyewear, and protective clothing. Slip-ups in these areas may lead to skin infections, blindness, respiratory diseases, explosions, and burns.
In case tall furniture like filing components and bookcases are poorly anchored, an earthquake may lead to them pitching forward and dislodging their contents. This can put the workers nearby in peril. Also, heavy objects like file and supplies boxes which are stacked on shelves that are high may also lead to workplace injuries.
Workers who engage themselves in activities that involve repetitive motion and those that exert pressure on their median nerve, leading to pain and numbness in the finger are likely to suffer from Carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the people who are at risk of developing this condition may include key data operators, typists, and employees who work in hair salons.
In spite of increased security procedures and limiting the access to only people who are authorized to enter into the premises, innocent people get involved when separated spouses, dissatisfied former employees or strangers show up with an aim to commit harm.
The above are few causes of workplace injuries. One of the ways managers can help curb such injuries is through proper health and safety training. Remember, minimizing workplace injuries is a great way of not only preventing loss of income through employee compensation but to enhance employee’s productivity.