What are some of the most common occupational injuries

Nov 06, 2023

Bob Sharma

Occupational injuries can be painful, debilitating and even life-threatening. The most common types of injuries sustained in different occupations vary widely, but there are certain types of injuries that occur more frequently than others. To help protect workers from hazardous situations and minimize the risk of accidental injury, it’s important to understand some of the most common occupational injuries and what employers can do to prevent them.

Musculoskeletal Injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common workplace injuries. These conditions involve pain, discomfort, or weakness in one or more parts of the body due to overexertion or repetition and include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, low back pain and rotator cuff tendinitis. MSDs can be caused by performing the same movements over time without taking adequate rest periods and stretching exercises. Additionally, having inadequate equipment or tools for a job can also lead to musculoskeletal conditions.

Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are another frequent cause of workplace injury that can result in serious bodily harm or death if not addressed promptly. Oftentimes slips occur due to wet floors or other dangerous surfaces that have not been properly labeled with warnings or removed completely from public areas in a timely fashion. It’s important that employers take all steps necessary to keep their workers safe by monitoring for hazardous areas on a regular basis and informing employees about any potential risks.

Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are also fairly common work-related conditions that affect body parts such as your fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, feet, and neck due to extended periods at a desk using a computer while sitting in an awkward position––such as poor posture––for long periods at a time without adequate breaks in between tasks. RSIs can cause significant pain that may require medical treatment if left untreated for too long. As such it is important for employers to provide ergonomic equipment like adjustable chairs desks that enable workers to maintain correct posture while working on computers as well as regular breaks during which they can move around and stretch out their limbs freely.

By understanding some of the most frequent occupational hazards associated with different jobs –– such as MSDs from manual labor accidents from slip-and-fall incidents; RSIs from computer use –– employers can better prepare themselves for potential problems before they arise by making sure their work environment is safe for everyone involved at all times. At Park Place Clinic we provide chiropractic care tailored specifically for those affected by these sorts of issues—giving you options when it comes to remaining injury free so you can stay productive throughout your career! Contact us today if you think you might need our services!