Most Ohio businesses want to keep their workers injury-free and healthy as much as reasonably possible. No workplace can guarantee an accident- and injury-free environment, but obviously it is in a business’ best interests to keep its workforce safe and minimize days missed.
To help businesses identify areas where they could improve workplace safety, here are the most common types of on-the-job injuries, and ways to prevent them, as provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and reported by the Huffington Post:
- Overexertion. In other words, workers using excessive physical effort when moving or lifting a heavy object. Minimize the risk of overexertion injuries by teaching proper lifting techniques and encouraging workers to get help with something heavy.
- Falls. This is an especially big risk in construction, and can cause severe injury. Falls can be prevented with properly maintained equipment, lighting, handrails and safety harnesses.
- Slips and falls. As opposed to falls from heights, slip-and-falls may not be as serious, but can still put an employee out of commission. Employers should keep pathways clear of debris, and use warning signs when necessary.
- Repetitive motion injuries. Many workers develop chronic injuries from doing the same tasks over and over, such as typing or answering phones. Injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and ligament damage can be avoided by providing ergonomically friendly work areas, and encouraging frequent breaks.
No employer can totally avoid workplace injury claims, and potentially can face accusations of workplace safety violations. This is why being represented by an experienced personal injury defense attorney is so important.