Workplace Accidents & Health and Safety Training
With so many risks present in the workplace on a daily basis, undergoing health and safety training geared towards your specific work environment or profession is crucial to reduce the risk of serious injury or worse. Health and safety training can be so valuable, in not only informing employees of the risks and various accidents that could happen, but also to provide knowledge on how to avoid such accidents, along with what to do if an accident were to occur.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents
Let's take a look at some of the most common workplace accidents. The number one work place injury is a result of a slip or fall. This type of injury can happen regardless of the field of work that you're in; from office work all the way to construction, falls happen. A fall can be something minor or be so severe that it results in death. For example, you could simply be walking through the office and slip on a wet floor, or fall off of a roof several stories high. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2009 there were 605 workers killed, and 212,760 workers severely injured on the job, due to a fall on the same or lower level. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Learning proper workplace safety, and putting that knowledge to good use, can not only prevent a minor concussion, but it can prevent death.
Manual Handling and Manual Labour Activities
Another common type of workplace injury involves manual handling and manual labour activities. Some examples of the injuries sustained in a workplace through this manner are back injuries, muscle strains, joint and ligament injuries, fires, explosions, and crushing injuries. If a part of your job requires the lifting of heavy objects, and you're not lifting correctly, you could cause yourself a back injury. Getting caught in between two pieces of machinery, and breaking or losing a limb, is a good example of a crushing injury that happens all too often. In 2013 alone, there were 717 fatal workplace injuries resulting from contact with objects and equipment. Also in 2013, fatal injuries which involved fire and explosions were 21 percent higher than in the previous year, accounting for 148 deaths.
Requiring all employees to take a health and safety course, informing them on the safest way to perform their duties, will go a long way in reducing the amount of workplace injuries and deaths that occur each year.