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The most common causes and types of workplace injuries

Workplace injuries happen all the time. In fact, there are 12,300 occupational injuries per day in the United States. It is clear that on-the-job injuries are too common. 

Understanding the most common worker accidents and their causes helps put things into perspective. Once you are aware of the risks, you can take steps to be safer at work. 

Does your laceration require professional care?

If you tear your skin, muscle and/or tissue, you can't slap a Band-Aid on the cut and hope for the best. You need to be careful about the steps you take, as the decisions you make directly following your injury will impact your recovery.

When it comes to a deep laceration, it's better to be safe than sorry. You may be able to treat the wound at home, but if you ignore professional help when you need it, you could end up in a worse position.

Are you forgetting to follow these power tool safety tips?

Your profession may call for you to use power tools almost every day of the week. While these tools can improve performance and save you time, they're also dangerous.

It's important to follow proper safety protocol at all times. If you're wondering where to start, here are several power tool safety tips to guide you:

  • Never use a power tool in close proximity to water or in wet weather conditions
  • Inspect every tool before using it, paying close attention to any damage and defects
  • Disconnect tools when they're not in use
  • Let others know when you're using a power tool, so they can keep their distance if applicable
  • Secure the work area with clamps, thus allowing you to operate the tool with both hands
  • Keep your workspace clean, as debris can result in a trip and fall
  • Follow the maintenance instructions for your power tools
  • Wear the proper safety gear, such as gloves and a mask at all times
  • Beware of accidental starting, such as by hitting a switch button while carrying a tool
  • Remove any damaged power tools from your workspace, and label them accordingly so others stay away

Does carpal tunnel syndrome qualify for workers' compensation?

The pain in your wrists is getting worse. Add in the tingling, numbness or weakness you're experiencing, and it's getting harder and harder to do your job. You've got to see your doctor.

When you do, just what does your doctor diagnose? Carpal tunnel syndrome, and the doctor tells you that the work you do probably caused it. The affliction involves the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. Workplace actions that require repetitive tasks with force and prolonged use of wrists or hands in an odd position are among the occupational risks for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your physician designation after a workplace injury

Injuries on the job happen every day. If you or a loved one experienced a workplace injury, you may need assistance with physical and financial recovery.

Thankfully, you may be able to receive relief through a workers' comp claim. The physician has a great deal to do with this process, and there are a few things you should know.

Diagnosing and treating a knee injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments located in your knee. An ACL tear can happen for many reasons, including making a sudden stop, quickly changing directions or stepping into a hole.

If you have reason to believe you've torn your ACL on the job, report the injury to your employer and then receive immediate medical attention. Your doctor can run a variety of tests to understand your injury, such as:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound

4 scaffolding safety tips to follow at all times

If the use of scaffolding in your day-to-day job is required, be sure to understand the many tips you can follow to enhance your safety. By taking the right approach to safety, you reduce the risk of being part of a serious accident.

Here are four scaffolding safety tips to follow at all times:

  • Seek out the right training: If your employer has yet to provide the proper training and education, ask them to immediately assist you with this. The knowledge you collect can keep you safe.
  • Inspect everything: It's time-consuming, but a proper inspection before using scaffolding goes a long way in pinpointing any potential issues. For example, you may find that a piece is missing or defective, acting as a safety hazard.
  • Know the load capacity: Exceeding the load capacity is one of the most common reasons for a scaffolding accident. Once you know the capacity, you can ensure that it's never exceeded. Remember to take into consideration both workers and their equipment.
  • Use guardrails: Don't assume that assembling guardrails is a waste of time. With these in place, there's a much smaller chance of falling off the scaffolding and onto the ground below.

The diagnosis and treatment of a broken collarbone

A broken collarbone doesn't sound like the most serious injury, but it can result in extreme pain and discomfort. Furthermore, this injury has the potential to slow you down, thus making it more difficult to live your normal life.

If you suspect a broken collarbone, such as after a slip-and-fall accident at your place of employment, seek immediate medical attention.

Why do ladder accidents happen on the job?

Even if you use a ladder every day on the job, there's still a chance you could be involved in an accident. This is why it's important to use extreme caution at all times.

Knowing the most common causes of ladder accidents can help you avoid trouble. Here are five things to avoid:

  • Placing the ladder on uneven or soft ground: A ladder should only be placed on level and firm ground, in a place where conditions will not change.
  • Neglecting to maintain three points of contact: If you don't do this, there's a much greater chance of your ladder tipping or you slipping and falling to the ground below.
  • Using the wrong size ladder: There is more than one type of ladder, and you need to choose the right one for the job. For example, using a portable ladder when an extension ladder is required is a safety risk.
  • Overreaching: If your ladder isn't long enough, you may find yourself overreaching. This can cause you to lose your balance.
  • Missing the last rung: When climbing down a ladder, pay close attention to where you are. If you miss the last rung, you could stumble to the ground below.

Do you know how to prevent a fall from a roof?

Depending on your profession, you may spend an extended period of your day on a roof. Even if you enjoy your line of work, it doesn't mean you can't be part of an accident at some point in the future.

Knowing how to prevent a fall from height is critical, as this can cause serious injury or even death. Here are five things you should always do:

  • Connect and wear a safety harness at all times
  • Inspect your safety harness once a day for proper fit
  • Use lifelines and guardrails for additional protection against falls
  • Never use faulty or damaged equipment
  • Make note of and cover all openings, holes and skylights

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