As a risk-management driven agency, we are always looking for new ways to help our community stay safe at work. A safe workplace not only reduces financial costs associated with accidents, it also improves the overall morale of the employees. The easiest way to prevent workplace accidents from occurring in the future, is to learn what accidents take place the most frequently. According to Amtrust Financial, one of the largest providers of Workers’ Compensation insurance nationwide, the five most common workplace accidents include:
- Falls, Slips or Trips
- Transportation Incidents
Burns – Many industries have exposures to burn risks (restaurants, construction, auto mechanics). Wearing protective equipment and maintaining tools can reduce the chance of burns occurring.
Falls, Slips or Trips – Certain floor surfaces can increase the potential for falls, slips or trips. Visibility is imperative; remove obstructions and be aware of your surroundings to reduce the risk of these accidents. Employers should consider offering training programs that teach employees fall prevention. Employers should also ALWAYS provide the proper equipment to reduce risks (Body Harness, Guardrails, etc.)
Lacerations – To avoid these sorts of accidents, it is best to focus on general safety precautions such as: maintaining equipment and ensuring necessary procedures are implemented and in place. If employees are regularly using knives, proper knife training can reduce some of these risks.
Overexertion – The most common type of overexertion is back strain as a result of lifting heavy objects. Overexertion can lead to cumulative trauma disorders, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Try stretching before physical activity to prevent these injuries.
Transportation Incidents – Make sure employees follow basic traffic laws including. They should also wear seatbelts, evaluate weather conditions, participate in training exercise. It is also imperative to check motor vehicle reports (MVRs) before hiring a driver to ensure that they are qualified.
For more information on ways to avoid common workplace accidents, check out Amtrust’s blog on the topic.