At-risk injury categories will always exist for certain occupations. Construction, heavy industry and first responders face devastating injuries on nearly every shift. While there are numerous types of injuries that might occur, they tend to fall into three main categories.
What are the three leading causes of work-related injuries?
- Overexertion and bodily reaction: These types of injuries can be related to excessive physical effort or repetitive motions. From lifting, holding, carrying, pushing or throwing heavy objects to performing the same task over and over for months or years workers can experience severe bodily damage.
- Slips, trips and falls: These types of injuries are common when working across multiple levels or working in an area that commonly sees pooled liquids or chemical spills. Workers can fall from ladders, down the stairs or from the top of heavy machinery. Likewise, workers can slip in liquid or trip over debris or material stacked along walkways.
- Struck by or caught between equipment: Workers who perform job tasks around heavy machinery or vehicles must be aware of the possibility of contact with objects and equipment. These collisions often result in crush injuries and, in severe cases, amputation. Additionally, falling debris, collapsing structures or tipped-over machinery can strike the worker leading to serious injuries.
Unfortunately, factory work covers all these categories. From operating heavy machinery every day leading to repetitive strain injuries to overexertion from moving heavy boxes, factory workers must take care to avoid injury and harmful conditions.
Workers performing job tasks can find themselves facing serious injury and devastating illnesses. They might struggle with muscle strain, torn ligaments, damaged tendons, broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage, burn injuries and lacerations. Additionally, some factories rely on chemicals that can lead to toxic exposure. Exposure to materials such as asbestos, silica dust and benzene can result in serious conditions.