The Most Common Workplace Injuries in Georgia
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the year 2013. This equates to approximately 88 worker deaths a week and 12 a day. While this figure is actually far lower than in the 1990's, it is still a frightening number that requires more attention to safety in the workplace. In addition to the thousands of worker deaths, OSHA (link downloads OSHA PDF) reports that over 3 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were experienced in 2013. Over half of all these injuries required time off work, job transfers, or workplace restrictions.
Many workplace injuries are preventable and occur as a result of the employer's failure to maintain a safe work environment, which involves, among others, providing adequate training, safety equipment, oversight in the workplace, monitoring employee hours, and much more. The following is a look at some of the most common workplace injuries in Georgia and across the country. It is our hope that this list can help keep employees safe and assist employers in identifying common areas of concern.
- Overexertion injuries: Overexertion injuries will often result from lifting, carrying, pulling, holding, throwing, or pushing during the work day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (downloads pdf) reports that overexertion injuries are some of the most costly and disabling work related injuries, responsible for $13.4 billion in direct costs to employers every year.
- Slipping and tripping related injuries: Slip and fall accidents are a top cause of workplace injuries. These accidents can occur when employees slip on wet or otherwise slick surfaces, or when they trip on objects. Employers have a legal duty to maintain a safe work environment, which includes keeping the workplace free of known slipping or tripping hazards.
- Falling from heights: Falls from heights can include falls off of roofs, ladders, stairways, or other elevated surfaces. These falls can stem from slipping or tripping, as well as faulty equipment. Employers can reduce the risk of falls by ensuring employees are providing with personal protection gear, training employees thoroughly in fall prevention, and supervising employees working at any heights.
- Repetitive motion injuries: Repetitive motion injuries tend to develop slowly over time as a result of repetitive motions required by the employee's job. These injuries can include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision problems.
- Falling object injuries: Most commonly in the construction industry, objects can fall from elevated surfaces and cause serious injuries to employees below, most notably head injuries. Protective gear, such as helmets, can help to prevent falling object injuries in the workplace.
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