Every year, millions of people are injured in workplace accidents, many of which could have been prevented. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing that, in 2015, there were 2.9 million non-fatal workplace accidents and injuries reported by employers within the private sector. Heat stroke, falls, stress-related, automobile-related, and machinery-related injuries are all common and can be avoided. So, how can you avoid them in your workplace?
1. Heat Stroke
Factories are not exactly known for being the best-ventilated buildings to work in. In summer months, temperatures inside factories can skyrocket. Coupled with the physical exertion demanded by these manual labor jobs, it’s no wonder so many factory workers suffer from heat stroke. While running the air conditioning might seem expensive, you can save lives (and money from workman’s comp and legal fees) by having commercial air conditioning systems installed and properly maintained.
2. Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are extremely common and, in many cases, are due to some form of negligence. Whether an employee simply isn’t looking where they’re going or if a preventable hazard was present and unavoidable, both employers and employees can work together to keep these accidents from happening. Coach your employees on physical safety, and ensure that they receive sufficient breaks and meals. Also, as an employer, you should not be pressing employees to rush through their work, as this can cause oversights that lead to accidents.
3. Getting Caught In Machinery
It’s every factory worker’s (and owner’s) worst nightmare – getting caught in the machinery. This type of accident can have devastating effects. In order to keep employees from getting caught, make sure that dress codes (for example, no dangling sleeves) are being followed and that all machinery is clearly marked and functional.
4. Vehicular Accidents
Many employees are required to drive vehicles on a regular basis as part of their work. While many of these employees drive with care, there are plenty of things that can happen on the roadway that lead to accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are fatal to either the employees driving these vehicles or other drivers. It is always a good measure to encourage safe driving with employees. Implement driving policies and driver’s safety courses and refreshers that help employees stay safe on the road.
5. Stress or Overexertion-related Injuries
When employees are physically and/or mentally overburdened, they can sustain otherwise-preventable injuries. Repetitive motions can weaken the part(s) of the body being used and lead to injuries like muscle strains, vision issues, and carpal tunnel. Emotional stress might be harder to negate, but by creating a positive work atmosphere where employees feel valued and not rushed all the time, accidents can be prevented. When an employee is able to think clearly, they won’t be as likely to get into an accident.
These five types of workplace injuries can be avoided with proper oversight by you and your employees. It is up to you and your employees alike to uphold safety standards and regulations so that everyone can feel safe and comfortable in the work environment.