Top 5 Safety Hazards in the Workplace
Sadly, accidents happen all the time. Every year, nearly 6,000 workers are killed and 6 million are injured in on-the-job accidents. Many of them are easily preventable by just following a few basic safety precautions.
The most common safety dangers that occur in the workplace are:
- Overexertion and repetitive motion
- Accidental falls (slips and trips)
- Falling objects
- Toxic or hazardous environments
- Electrical hazard
Overexertion and repetitive motion injuries are becoming one of the top workplace safety dangers. Workers who maintain the same position or complete the same repetitive tasks for a long period of time are the most susceptible to this type of bodily injury. It is the most common, and yet, is also one of the most preventable injuries. Educating workers on proper lifting and carrying techniques, and requiring mandatory breaks and integrating stretching exercises into the workday can help to prevent them.
Over a third of major work injuries are caused by accidental slips and trips in the workplace. A clean work environment is imperative to keep these injuries from occurring. Workers should be educated on the importance of keeping their working area free and clear of debris, and regular safety checks for slippery floors and other tripping hazards should be put in place.