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Top types of workplace injuries and how to avoid them

North Carolina workers may be able to take several precautions to prevent workplace injuries. The most common injuries are falls on the same level and falls to lower levels, getting hit by falling objects, overexertion and bodily reaction. All together, these types of injuries result in direct costs of more than $40 billion nationwide.

Falls on the same level can be prevented with anti-slip footwear and coating on floors as well as keeping work areas tidy and free from clutter. Avoiding falls to lower levels can be prevented by securing and checking the safety on ladders, scaffolding and other equipment. Workers can reduce the chances of being injured by falling objects by wearing appropriate safety gear, avoiding working under equipment while it is in operation and wearing visible clothing.

Overexertion and bodily reaction injuries can be prevented by using the right equipment for certain jobs and avoiding trying to lift or move too much. Individuals should ask for assistance and use proper technique when dealing with heavy objects. Keeping tools in their proper place so that work spaces do not become cluttered and taking steps such as using correct posture and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all help to prevent these types of injuries.

An individual who is injured in a work accident may be eligible for worker's compensation. For example, an individual might slip and fall in a restaurant on a wet kitchen floor. Whether the person was being careless, the floor had been wet all day, or the spill had just happened a moment earlier and the accident may have been difficult to avoid, worker's compensation is not based on negligence and thus benefits may be available. An attorney may be able to help in preparing documents for the claim.

Source: EHS Today, "Preventing the Top 5 Workplace Injuries", Langdon Dement, November 16, 2014

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