What are the most common workplace injuries that nurses and hospital staff receive?
Workplace accidents are a major concern and no one wants to see them occur. They can be costly for employers and they’re both painful and costly for the injured employees. Yet, accidents do happen and here are a few of those that most commonly result in hospitalization.
This type of injury costs businesses the most in terms of paying out on compensation claims and it’s also one of the most preventable kinds of injuries. It involves an injury as a result of turning wrong, lifting inappropriately, overreaching, or carrying or throwing heavy items. These activities can result in pulled muscles, back and neck injuries, or torn ligaments.
Tripping, Slipping, and Falling
This is another preventable accident, because it involves slipping on wet or slippery surfaces and tripping on uneven or obstructed surfaces. A bad fall resulting from these conditions can result in broken bones, back injuries, or head trauma. Floors should be kept as dry and clear as possible to prevent these types of incidents.
Falling from Heights
This involves falling from raised surfaces, such as a roof, stairway, or a ladder. It can incorporate the elements of the previous categories in that a slippery or uneven surface may prompt the fall, or carelessness on behalf of the individual can cause him to lose his balance. These incidences are common on construction sites, but can be reduced through the implementation of better safety procedures and requiring workers to wear protective equipment, such as harnesses and hard hats.
Again, these are injuries derived from the previous category of slips and trips. In this case, however, the individual braces himself in time and does not fall. The act of bracing or catching himself can result in injuries as well, such as pulled or strained muscles.
Another common workplace injury that often results in hospitalization involves objects falling from above. Heavy objects can strike a worker’s head, causing traumatic brain injuries, such as a concussion. Taking care in storing equipment and other objects can reduce the likelihood of objects falling, while hard hats and other protective gear can protect workers from being injured in such incidents.
Walking into Objects
Some injuries are caused by pure carelessness. A worker may walk into a window, wall, or door, usually because she or he was not paying attention. The most common injuries resulting from these incidences are head, neck, knee, and foot injuries. These kinds of injuries can only be avoided by ensuring employees are paying attention, when walking in the workplace.
This is common in manufacturing facilities and involves a worker getting caught up in moving machinery parts. Injuries can be very severe, requiring extensive medical treatment to heal torn or ruptured skin and muscle and to repair broken bones. Often, this can occur when loose clothing, jewelry, or hair gets caught up in the machinery.
These are the most common workplace injuries often seen by nurses and doctors. Many of these injuries are preventable with a little care and the practice of proper safety protocols. By working together, employers and workers can reduce the number of incidents that result in medical treatment and hospitalization.