Suffering a workplace injury impacts your ability to earn a living. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia workers suffered 78,000 nonfatal work-related injuries in 2019.
Thankfully, the Georgia workplace injury rate sits lower than the national rate. Understanding the most common occupational injuries might help you avoid them and keep the injury rate down.
Overexertion is probably the most common occupational injury. Transportation and warehouse workers are the most at risk for this work hazard. However, all workers participating in physical activity at work are at risk. According to the National Safety Council, 45 to 64 is the age group most at risk for overexertion injuries. The most common body part injured through exertion is the back, which might lead to permanent health problems. You can reduce your risk of overexertion by taking breaks, using good lifting techniques and asking for help from your coworkers.
Slips and falls
The second most common workplace injuries are slips and falls. Workers 55 and older are the most at risk. Warehouse workers, transportation and agriculture, suffer the most slip and fall accidents. Though overexertion largely relies on your good judgment, slip and falls require a safe work environment. If you do not believe the floor at your job is safe enough, reach out to your supervisor about improving the walking surfaces.
Staying consistent with your safe working habits and communicating with your employers helps keep you and your coworker’s injury free. Take a proactive approach to your health, even if your company offers workers’ compensation.