The Most Common Injuries Experienced at Work
In your workplace, your employers have a duty of care to keep you safe. They should provide you with safety equipment, hang warning signs and send you on health and safety training courses. Although some professions are more dangerous than others, accidents and injuries can occur at any place of work. Here are some of the most common injuries experienced at work:
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of work injury because they can happen anywhere. There are health and safety regulations to ensure that, in all areas where people are walking or standing, there are no obstructions and the surface isn’t uneven or slippery. If they is a spillage or an area becomes wet from rain, an employer should make sure that warning signs are immediately put up. Failure to keep areas safe could cause a slip, trip or fall which could result in extremely serious injuries.
There are certain professions where burn injuries are common. Electricians, builders or anyone who works around live currents could experience burns, or even electrocution, if their workplace is unsafe. People who work with dangerous chemicals may also suffer burn injuries if they’ve had insufficient training or don’t have access to the correct safety equipment. People who work in busy kitchens can also experience burns. An accident at work that results in a burn is usually easy to treat but, in some serious cases, the victim may be entitled to compensation.
Back and Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries are most common in office workers who have to sit for long periods. Poorly designed chairs and workstations can lead to poor posture, which can cause long-term pain. A lack of movement during the day can also lead to joint stiffness. Employees in these situations should be given regular breaks, as well as adequate support for their lower backs.
Injuries to the back and neck can also be caused by heavy lifting. Employees that have to lift heavy loads should be properly trained in moving and handling to reduce the risk of such injuries occurring.
People who work at computer screens or other visual display units can experience vision problems, including blurring, eye strain and headaches. These workers should take regular breaks, ensure that lighting is sufficient and that screen glare is minimised to minimise damage to their eyes.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is caused by constantly moving your hands and arms during the day. RSI can cause pain and numbness in the wrists, arms, shoulders and neck. It is most commonly suffered by typists, factory workers and drivers. Workers in these professions should take regular breaks throughout the day. There are also exercises they can perform to reduce the risk of suffering RSI.
Work Injury Compensation
Anyone who has experienced an injury at work that wasn’t their fault could be entitled to personal injury compensation. A work injury solicitor could help get you compensation for pain, suffering and lost earnings. They work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning you won’t pay them if they don’t win your case.