Common workplace accidents and how to prevent them

Although many workplaces in California implement safety measures to prevent injuries, accidents sometimes still occur. These are the most common workplace accidents and injuries.

Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls can happen when floors are wet, slippery, uneven or obstructed. They also occur when extension cords and other wires are exposed in common walking areas rather than hidden behind furniture or underneath carpeting.

Spills should immediately be cleaned up and clutter should be cleared away. If the floor is slippery from mopping, warning signs or taped-off areas can prevent a workplace accident. Tattered or uneven rugs or carpeting should be replaced or properly secured in place.

Repetitive motion injuries

Many workers have to perform the same motions over and over based on their jobs. As a result, it can lead to overuse and soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Allowing for more rest breaks and providing employees with ergonomic workstations can prevent this from happening.

Strains and sprains

Strains and sprains are common injuries among nurses, factory workers and other professions that require regular lifting. These injuries can be prevented by using proper lifting techniques, lifting from the legs instead of the back and using protective gear. Employees can also stay safe while using equipment to help lift heavy items.

Falls from heights

Construction workers and subcontractors can fall from ladders or roofs, suffering serious injuries or even death. Safety nets and harnesses could prevent serious damage in the event of a fall.

Vehicle accidents

Some professions require workers to use other vehicles such as forklifts or tractors. Workers must have the proper training needed to safely operate them. Whatever the vehicle type, avoiding distractions and intoxication helps to prevent employees from causing accidents.

Employers must comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations to mitigate worker injuries.

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