Safety is essential to a healthy, productive workplace. There are many injuries that could have been avoided through safe practices and proper training. Read on to learn about three of the most common workplace hazards and how you can prevent them.
- Lifting Heavy Objects
Muscular stress caused by lifting is one of the most common workplace injuries. In fact, Safe Work reported in 2015 that almost 40% of time off was taken for this reason. Many of these injuries could have been avoided by training proper lifting techniques and promoting the use of mechanical aids when moving heavy loads.
- Falling from Heights
Falling is another hazard that can be very dangerous – even fatal. The numbers have improved, but falls still cause around 6% of workplace injuries. As much as 15% of those fall-related accidents were the result of tripping.
This can be avoided by maintaining clear paths in the workplace and the use of appropriate harnesses for working at heights. Employers should also encourage employees to come to work well-rested and alert, so they are more aware of their surroundings.
- Mental Exhaustion
Mental exhaustion can severely impair an employee’s ability to function properly and safely. This can result from a number of factors including on-the-job bullying, long work hours, demanding workloads, and limited time off.
Reduce mental exhaustion by making sure employees take regular breaks and do not work excessively long hours. Also, employers should take measures to promote positive atmosphere and good teamwork.
If you report a hazardous situation and your employer does nothing about it, contact Carew Lawyers. We can help you determine the best course of legal action to take after identifying unsafe working conditions or suffering a job-related injury.