The Bureau of Labor Statistics asserts that in 2016 nearly 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred — 892,300 of which were considered severe cases (meaning the injured employee or person in question required one day or multiple days off from work.

In our grind-heavy culture, it’s easy to understand why many folks simply cannot afford to miss days or weeks that come along with a workplace injury. Being as such, we thought we’d go over a few of the most common workplace injuries as a way to offer preventive medicine for our patients. Knowing some of the more common pitfalls individuals face at work might help you avoid injury in the future.

Steer Clear of Overexertion

Overexertion is a common culprit of the workplace injury. This can mean pulling long hours, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, or even throwing objects or engaging in overstrenuous activities at work. Overexertion is not only the number one workplace injury, it’s also the most expensive, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Slipping, Tripping, and Falling from Heights

Falling from an elevated area is also common in the workplace — it can happen on roofs, ladders, and even stairways. Negligence and faulty equipment often play a role in these sorts of workplace accidents. Wearing protective gear and engaging in a safety protocol can help avoid these pitfalls. 

Slipping and tripping happen to be the number 2 cause of all workplace injuries. Wet and slippery floors can facilitate injuries like these, even tripping over loose objects lying on the floor. Keeping a clean and organized workplace can help avoid injury, same with promoting employee safety and alertness, as well as limiting horseplay.

Machine or Vehicle Accidents

Vocations that involve heavy machinery or driving on the job come with an increased safety risk. Knowing the equipment and vehicle inside and out can often help, as well as practicing safe driving and operation.

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center, we are focused on treating each of our patient’s health problems. Dr. Clay Suggs spends listens carefully in order to understand your concerns and we always respond with the best possible treatment options catered to each individual patient. We have a professional staff, providing expert treatment and comprehensive aftercare.

Your health is our primary concern! We proudly serve the San Antonio, TX area and its surrounding communities.

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