Common Workplace Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Guess what happens every 7 seconds? A worker suffers a work-related injury. And this type of injury can hinder your life and your ability to earn a living. Though these injuries can happen in any industry and in any kind of workplace environment, they’re most common in the fields of manufacturing, construction, and transportation. 

At Portland Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Michael A. Gentile and our team are dedicated to your whole body health. We’re here to provide you immediate and preventive care for every aspect of your health, and that means helping you prevent injuries in the workplace.  

Most common workplace injuries

Workplace injuries can be prevented. There are certain safety regulations that your employer has to address by law, so you’ll want to ensure that your workplace is adhering to these standards. And, there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of injury as well. 

There are three categories of common workplace injuries, and they are:

Slips and falls

Slips and falls occur when you lose your footing and fall onto a hard surface. You may be lucky enough to experience a minor injury, like a muscle sprain or strain. Or you may just find yourself dealing with a broken bone, damage to your back and spine, or even a head injury, depending on how you fall.

To prevent slips and falls, it’s best to keep workplaces uncluttered and clean. Spills should be cleaned, with proper signs indicating where they are in the workplace. Slippery floors should have nonslip rugs, and all staircases should have handrails. Talk to your supervisor at work if you notice that these things aren’t addressed.     

Injuries from overexertion or overuse

There are two ways that you can overdo it at work. One is to overexert yourself, to push yourself past your physical limits. This means that you may be carrying too many heavy objects or doing physical labor for too many hours in a day. Another way is to overuse a muscle or wear down a ligament through repetitive motions that cause wear and tear on your body. 

To protect yourself, stretch regularly and take frequent breaks. Talk to us about tips for lifting postures and if you have any joints that are bothering you. 

Falling objects

If you work in an environment like a warehouse or a construction site that has fast-moving heavy machinery, swinging heavy objects and stacks of inventory, then you’re regularly exposed to the risk of falling objects landing on you. Falling objects can cause serious damage like compression injuries, shattered bones, torn muscles, and pinched nerves.

Wearing proper protective gear like a hard hat and protective footwear is your first line of defense. Your work should also train you on how to recognize hazards and what to do in the event of a falling object.  

If you’ve been injured at work, you’ll want to seek medical care right away. Or if you want to know more about protecting yourself from work injuries call us or make an appointment today. 

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