Work related injuries can happen to anyone at any time. The majority of these incidents are random. It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment and to take caution when on the job. Here is a list of the five most common work-related injuries reported by insurance companies:

Physical overexertion

These injuries are related to repetitive motion, such as typing, pulling, carrying, lifting heavy objects, or working in an awkward position. Overexertion not only consistently has been the number one workplace injury, but it is also the most expensive.

Slip and Fall

These types of accident pertain to falls on wet and slippery floors or tripping over something lying on the floor. Sprained tendons, ligaments and muscles, minor contusions and abrasions, small gashes, and minor burns are the most common result. A large number of slip and falls, however, cause severe injuries, referred to as “hard injuries.” These include head trauma, disk herniations, fractures, amputations, deep gashes, and third or fourth-degree burns.

Falling from Heights

This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as a roof, ladder, or stairway. They can be caused by slip and fall accidents or faulty equipment. You can reduce these types of accidents by using proper personal protection gear, training, and employee diligence.

Bodily Reaction

These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling. These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues. It can be hard to prevent such incidents, but it is important for employees to pay attention to what is going on in the environment around them.

Falling Object Injuries

Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person can cause severe injuries. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident. Employee’s diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are essential to preventing these types of injuries. Of course, proper personal protection gear usage, such as a hard hat, can be instrumental in keeping the employee safe.