California is a beautiful state with a thriving economy that consistently rates as the largest in the U.S. While all employers are required to provide their workers with a safe workplace environment, some jobs are more inherently dangerous than others. Here are some of the most common causes of injuries in the workplace.
Exposure to harmful environments or substances
Many workplace injuries happen when a worker is exposed to either harmful environments or substances. These injuries can happen from exposure to extreme temperatures, loud noises or radiation. It’s also possible for a single traumatic event to fall under this category.
Overexertion or bodily reaction
Many injuries are caused by how workers carry out their jobs. Employees can suffer from non-impact injuries, which commonly take place from lifting or moving something too heavy. But it doesn’t have to be a single event that causes injuries. This injury category also includes repetitive motion injuries, which occur as a result of repeatedly performing the same motions at work.
Slip and fall accidents
The majority of employees get to get up and move around throughout their workdays. Unfortunately, a simple trip to get more coffee can result in a slip-and-fall accident. There are also slips and trips without falling, which can be severe but are generally less serious incidents; however, they can result in sprains, strains and tendon injuries that can be painful and prolonged. This situation occurs when employees can catch themselves before fully falling, so their bodies are strained as they react quickly.
It can be possible to avoid these injuries by remaining aware of your surroundings in the workplace. If you suspect something is unsafe, consider reporting it to a supervisor.