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Promoting workplace safety

It is understandable and proper that Newburgh employers take steps to make workplaces safer. There is no doubt that when employers make employee safety a priority and follow up with things such as training, proper equipment and well-maintained facilities, many workplace injuries can be prevented.

A recent article on workplace safety and workers' compensation says that an insurance company study reveals the most common on-the-job injuries and gives employers advice on how to prevent them.

The most common types of on-the-job accidents:

  • Handling of materials: 32 percent
  • Slips, trips and falls: 16 percent
  • Struck by, or colliding with an object: 10 percent
  • Accidents with tools: 7 percent
  • Injuries caused by overuse or overexertion of a body part over a period of time: 4 percent

The most common injuries that result from workplace accidents:

  • Strains and sprains: 30 percent
  • Cuts or punctures: 19 percent
  • Contusions (bruising): 12 percent
  • Inflammation such as tendinitis: 5 percent
  • Fractures: 2 percent

It should be noted that things such as material handling do not refer only to construction work. Employees of restaurants and retail outlets are also subject to these types of accidents, as are office workers.

Ways in which employers can make workplaces safer:

  • Keep common areas well-lit and clear of obstacles
  • Give employees training on proper use of ladders and other equipment
  • In offices, pay attention to ergonomics involving desks, chairs, computers, etc.
  • Train employees about common hazards and how to avoid injuries

One of the most important bits of advice: make sure your insurance is adequate to cover your employees, because no matter how safety-conscious an employer is, accidents are going to happen.

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