Certain occupations pose safety hazards to workers and require high-visibility clothing and equipment to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Outdoor workers who work in highway and road construction are especially at high risk of injury.
Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the main causes of employee absence in the workplace. Managing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders can reduce or prevent illnesses that range from mild, transitory disorders to irreversible injuries that result in long-term or permanent disabilities.
Behavioral factors, wet or slippery surfaces, and housekeeping issues were cited as the three main causes of slip and fall accidents in a recent study. Other commons causes include poor lighting, maintenance issues, and faulty equipment.
While workers suffer a wide variety of injuries on the job, those caused by overexertion, falls, vehicle accidents, and getting struck by an object are some of the most common. More than 5,000 workers are killed every year in their workplace,
Workers who are exposed to loud noise at work have a higher risk of hearing loss. Reducing noise levels, limiting the number of time workers are exposed to hazardous noise, and protecting workers with the proper PPE can reduce the risk.