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Think your workplace is safe? You might be shocked to learn that it isn’t as safe as you think.

It’s hard enough to arrive at the workplace safe, but recent statistics found that 2.8 million nonfatal work-related injuries occurred in 2017. What’s alarming about these injuries is how many of them were entirely preventable.

A few adjustments or a little bit of caution could’ve prevented thousands of dollars in medical bills and dozens of hours of missed work—not to mention the stress and anxiety.

Stay safe by exploring the four most common types of accidents at work, and learn some tips to keep you and your co-workers safe.

1. Overexertion

By far, overexertion is the leading type of workplace accident. According to the National Safety Council, overexertion is responsible for 34% of all workplace injuries.

Often, overexertion occurs due to the improper lifting of heavy objects. If you work a job that requires frequent lifting, be cautious.

Always lift by bending with your knees instead of leaning forward. Should you lean forward, you’ll likely strain your back.

Furthermore, if machinery is available, make use of it. It isn’t worth the risk to your health.

2. Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents fall into a rather broad category of workplace injury, so learning how to avoid them can be a bit tricky.

Some tactics, like cleaning up spills or putting caution signs around wet floors, may seem obvious. But even something simple like a warning sign can alert your co-workers to take things slow.

Ladder safety is another important step. Always secure the ladder before climbing. Make sure it’s on steady, even ground, and keep the base of the ladder no fewer than four feet from the wall.

3. Fire Hazards

Like slip and fall accidents, fire hazards can be caused by a myriad of issues. Two of the leading causes of workplace fires are dust and human error.

Dust buildup can be hard to spot. But if vents and electrical equipment aren’t cleaned and maintained properly, a single spark can cause a roaring fire in a matter of time.

Human error mostly occurs in the kitchen. Leaving the stove on, improperly heating something in the microwave, and grease fires are among the leading causes of kitchen fires.

Keep employees trained and educated on fire safety. Clearly mark all exits, make sure all fire extinguishers function properly and practice regular fire drills in case of an emergency.

4. Repetitive Motion-Induced Pain

You don’t have to work in a warehouse to experience a work-related injury. Even desk jobs come with risks. Injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and back and eye strain can cause long-lasting damage.

To combat these pesky conditions, take regular breaks at work. Get up and stretch your legs at least once every hour, even if it’s just for a few moments.

Watch For These Accidents at Work

Accidents at work can occur anytime, so it’s crucial that you and your coworkers follow safety precautions.

Of course, accidents can still occur, even if you follow safety procedures. If you’re the victim of a work-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Get in touch today to learn about your legal rights and see if our legal team can help you get the peace you deserve.