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How to prevent common on-the-job injuries

Injury prevention is a vital concern for workers in Pennsylvania and all over the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers insight into the proper steps to take to prevent injuries in the workplace from occurring based on data previously collected by the agency.

In an attempt to get to the underlying cause of workplace injuries, the BLS recommends an examination of past incidents. For instance, the circumstances surrounding an injury can shed some light on suitable prevention methods. In work environments where hazardous chemicals are utilized, are these chemicals stored and handled properly? The same standards should be applied to tools and other equipment. Improper usage of work tools often leads to serious injuries, and can even be fatal in some instances.

Reviewing the chain of events that led to previous injuries is also helpful for future prevention. On-the-job accidents are usually not isolated happenings.  Many different factors can contribute to such events, whether due to negligence on behalf of an employer or failure to follow mandatory safety regulations. Examining the sequence of events that preceded an injury is useful for identifying any ill-advised practices that may cause issues in the future.

Inc. lists a few of the more common injuries that can take place during the course of work. Repetitive motion injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) are exceedingly common in many different working environments, from offices to machine shops. Accidents involving slips and falls are also quite likely, particularly in cluttered or less spacious workplaces. When carrying or lifting heavy items on a regular basis, overexertion may occur.

When injured at one’s place of work, seeking guidance from a qualified attorney is highly recommended. Because each case is different, getting a professional perspective on an specific situation is essential for receiving the best possible outcome. 

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