Americans spend at least 40 hours of their week at their jobs. Whether working in an office, on a construction site, or in a factor, all jobs come with some form of risk. Working in front of a computer all day could be a potential negative for eyesight, working at a construction site may lead to head injuries, and of course, all jobs can lead to exhaustion and stress if the proper work-life balance isn’t there.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries are common. No matter what the job, employees can become injured on the job. Many people make the mistake of imagining an injury as only something visible such as a broken bone or hospitalization. However, workplace injuries are present in many forms. Often, no matter how attentive and careful employers are to post safety rules, or how careful employees are on the job, injuries can happen.
Some of the more common workplace injuries to look out for include:
1. Fatigue: Working beyond the limits your body is willing to go is a reason workers can become injured. Physical pain and mental exhaustion can result from over-working and be a huge hindrance to productivity.
2. Stress: Whether it is job-related, or related to things such as health, anxiety about personal relationships or finances, a distracted and stressed out mind can lead to increased risk of health issues and loss of productivity on the job.
3. Slips, trips, falls and collisions: Whether they are one-person, multiple people or even vehicle related, this is common.
4. Hazardous materials
5. Heavy lifting: Or lifting beyond your body’s capacity.
6. Workplace violence
Workplace injuries can reduce productivity, increase employee dissatisfaction, and increase workers’ compensation claims within a company. It’s important to offer comprehensive workers’ compensation insurance to protect the company from claims and keep the employees safe, but it is even more important to avoid injury altogether. There are ways you can work on that. For example, be sure to promote a healthy work-life balance and encourage open communication. As long as you are aware of what is going on with your employees, you can help!