- Overexertion injuries– injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work.
- Slipping/Tripping- injuries related to falls on wet and slippery floors or trips over something lying on the floor.
- Falling from heights- this type of falls happens from an elevated area like roofs, ladders, and stairways.
- Reaction injuries- these injuries are caused by slipping or tripping without falling. They can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical problems.
- Falling object injuries- objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person that can cause very serious injuries including head injuries.
- Walking into injuries– these injuries happen when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects like walls, doors, cabinets, table, chairs, etc.
- Vehicle accidents– employees who drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents.
- Machine entanglement– these injuries usually occur in a factory where heavy equipment and machinery is used.
- Repetitive motion injuries– this type of workplace injury is one that is less obvious but is harmful in the long term. For example, typing and using a computer every day can cause carpal tunnel, vision problems, muscle strains, and back pain.
These are just some of the most common types of workplace injuries that could happen while on the job. While most of these injuries are considered accidents, there are some things you can do to prevent them. Some incidents can also be avoided with proper training, equipment, and tools while others can simply be avoided by paying close attention to surroundings.