Workplace Injury Prevention Overview
It is estimated approximately 13,000 American workers are injured each day while on the clock and many of these work accidents are preventable. A workplace injury can lead to a number of lost production days which are harmful to both the worker and employer. During National Safety Month, the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, would like to share workplace injury prevention tips to help keep patients safe while on the job.
Workplace Injury Statistics
The National Safety Council estimates a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. That is a staggering number. The most common work accidents that keep employees away from the job include:
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Pain and soreness
- Cuts, punctures and lacerations
The top three workplace injury events that result in lost production days include:
- Overexertion such as repetitive movements and lifting and lowering
- Contact with equipment and other objects
- Slips, trips and falls
The majority, if not all, of work accidents are preventable if workplace injury prevention tips are implemented and followed.
Workplace Injury Prevention Tips
Preventing a work accident before it happens can keep workers on the job, keep employers’ production levels high and help protect employers from a lawsuit, accident investigation or equipment repair.
The following workplace injury prevention tips can help create a safe working environment:
- Use safe lifting techniques
- Wear personal protective equipment
- Pay attention to ergonomics
- Get up and move throughout the day
- Do not take shortcuts
- Keep an orderly area, including company vehicle
- Reduce workplace stress
What to do if a Work Accident Occurs
If a work accident occurs, workers are strongly encouraged to report the workplace injury to the proper personnel at their workplace. Workers are then encouraged to visit a pain physician, such as Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, so a proper diagnosis and pain management treatment can be prescribed.
Our physicians perform a thorough physical examination on each injured worker to determine the extent of injury. As the injured worker works through their pain management treatment, our team will keep all parties informed on the progress. Before the injured worker can return to the workplace, our physicians will perform a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) to guarantee they are able to perform specific job tasks.
For more resources on workplace injury prevention during National Safety Month, or to discuss a work accident with one of our pain physicians, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.