Check out this short video on the Top 5 Workers’ Compensation claims & their most frequent causes, then scroll down to read more about how you can reduce the risk of injury in your own workplace:
#1 Injury resulting from Workers’ Comp claims: STRAINS & SPRAINS
#1 Cause of injury in the workplace: Improper handling of materials
Below are a few helpful tips to reduce your risk of a work-related injury:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know and understand the hazards that may be present around your work station. Try and steer clear of dangerous situations, and make sure to always be alert of the machinery surrounding you!
- Use tools and machines properly. Take necessary precautions and don’t take any shortcuts when operating heavy machinery. Learn the proper way to use your machines and/or tools to reduce the risk of injury.
- Do what you can to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Helping to clean up spills or leaks, keeping aisles and exits clear of items, reporting damaged flooring to your supervisor, and wearing proper shoes are all ways to avoid any injuries that may result from slipping or falling at work.
- Keep your workplace clean and clutter-free! When a work station becomes cluttered it increases the likelihood of a cut or laceration injury. Most importantly, keep stairways, exits, aisles and doorways free of clutter, and dispose of any tools or materials you don’t need. In the event of an emergency you don’t want to get stuck trying to move through an overcrowded exit!