LONDON – WORKPLACE – No matter how big or small of a company you work for, you are always vulnerable to suffer an injury at work. Some injuries can be minor with nothing but a few scratches, however, some can exert extreme agony, paralysis, inabilities or even death sometimes.
Places like construction sites and chemical factories are however riskier for a person to work at because there are many machines and equipment involved in the nature of the work and injuries are inevitable. Besides these, injuries can occur at business workplaces, outdoor jobs, loading and unloading jobs etc.
Everyday tasks like typing or filing can produce harmful injuries as well, therefore it is essential that you should be aware of these potential injuries that can occur at your workplace and know how to prevent them from happening to you. In addition to this, you should also know the way out. In most cases, you will have the option to use your worker’s compensation program to get compensated for the losses suffered, which includes loss of work and abilities etc.
Here are 5 types or work related injuries:
Injuries by Operating a Machine
No matter the workplace, whether it’s a huge factory or a small office, machines are used in every business and these machines can turn out to be harmful if not operated in a proper manner.
Heavy machines are most risky and you must pay special attention when you are doing jobs such as tway lifting or lifting heavy loads using machinery. While it is the company’s job to provide you proper safety gear and training, you need to be careful as well.
Injuries by Tripping/Falling
Falling and tripping is pretty common. According to reports, such cases are among the most reported cases and mostly result in fractures, but some can be more dangerous as well, especially when heights are involved.
Injuries by Weight
Lifting weight can cause you immense damage, especially damage to the back. You need a pulley and other such instruments to be able to do the job properly. If you do not have such tools, you may end up putting a lot of pressure on your body causing it to breakdown.
While such injuries are not usually major, but they can make you miss work.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Certain jobs require the same physical motion, which can be bad for your health. Now think of a person who works on a computer. He or she would sit in the same posture day in and day out, and use their fingers to type. The hand is in a similar motion for a long period of time, and this can take a toll on their health resulting in problems such as inflammation.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
People working underground, inside oil tankers or in mines face a risk of getting exposed to chemical fumes or substance that can cause severe internal or external injuries. There could be toxic substances that might enter the body and cause damage to the cells or even cause death.