Jo Why Lee

London - United Kingdom

    Myriad Injuries Impact Workers

    January 22, 2014

    Injury claim

    Employment is varied, and within diverse industries there are an incomprehensible number of different jobs performed each day - in the collective pursuit of production and economic prosperity.  Every imaginable physical demand is placed on workers' bodies, including some that we are not particularly engineered to perform.

    Work roles are diverse, so there are certain categories of work-related injuries that are caused by particular activities performed on the job, often repetitively. if you have sustained an injury you could be looking at compensation its worth talking to professionals such as Claim Today who will asses your injury and see if there is a claim.

    Common Work Related Injuries

    Strains are commonly suffered in a wide swath of industrial jobs. Muscles in the arms legs and back are most susceptible to the various strains sustained at work.  The most common causes of worker strains relate to overextending the body's capabilities, lifting object that are too heavy, or hyperextending major muscle groups to perform job tasks.  Strained muscles and connective tissues don't always show signs of wear until they have been placed under long-term stress, and subjected to repetitive actions that degrade them over time. Other injuries to the musculature occur more suddenly, in acute episodes.

    Muscles and tendons tear suddenly, as well as deteriorating over time, so another class of work injury is characterized by one-time occurrences that do significant enough damage to sideline a worker immediately.  Knees, elbows and other joints are particularly susceptible to these types of trauma, because the ligaments and other joining tissue are more vulnerable to complete failure.

    Falls occur in all walks of life, so it is not surprising that they lead another category: Work-related accidents.  Manufacturing and service industry jobs lend themselves to accidents, because spills, leaks and materials used in production each have the potential to make floors slippery and take out workers. Kitchens and other large scale institutional operations require sanitary floors and hard surfaces that don't retain moisture and bacteria. Unfortunately, this means many hospital, hotel, and other service industry workers are performing their jobs on slippery, unforgiving surfaces.  Falls are avoided by wearing proper shoes, maintaining awareness at all times - for the presence of spills, and by quickly addressing any unsafe conditions you observe in the course of performing your job.

    Physical over-exertion also occurs as the result of repetitive bending, twisting and other irregular motions that place undue stress on particular parts of the body.  Even industrial production jobs that do not involve strenuous activities are not immune from job related injury.  Simply standing in the same position hour after hour, day after day, is a significant strain on the lower back and legs.  The wide range of injuries presented as work related, warrants a concerted effort to alleviate the growing concerns of getting hurt on the job.  So, what can be done?

    Training Keeps Safety Records in Line

    Corporate sponsors and their partners in education are deeply involved in training, and safety standards implementation.  The most efficient path toward managing employee injuries is to prevent them from happening at all.  By establishing strict codes, and holding staff accountable for their implementation, potential for serious injury is significantly minimized, and long-term productivity loss is mitigated.

    Education leads to widespread understanding of not only proper protocol for avoiding injury, but also the appropriate steps to take when problems do arise.  Often, small fires can be extinguished, before they become raging blazes, returning injured employees to work, in short order.

    Establishing a series of guidelines for employees is the first step for managers disseminating safety standards.  Each staffer must be made fully aware of the dangers, and potential hazards present at his or her place of employment.  Shared consciousness about minimizing accidents leads to collective action that keeps workplaces safe and functioning smoothly.

    Periodic reviews provide assurances that adequate levels of protection are in-place to address changing conditions on the work floor, and to reflect current safety mandates.  

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