Workers in every industry face a multitude of threats, ranging from badly-managed shelving to vehicles and machinery.
However, while serious and fatal accidents attract a lot of media attention, it is often the less dangerous and more common injuries which impact the health of employees. Not only can smaller accidents cause your employees to remain off work, they can also compound over time to grow into more serious health problems.
With that in mind, here are the three most common injuries for Australian workers to be aware of.
Sprains and strains
Joint sprains are by far the most common injury in Australia, accounting for over 40 per cent of all employee injuries, according to SafeWork Australia. Injuries to joints and surrounding muscles might not seem serious, but they can often cause considerable pain and impact work performance.
At a more serious level, these injuries may necessitate leave, along with a spell in a sling or moon boot depending on the location of the strain.
One solution to prevent these injuries is to invest in specialised material handling equipment like hydraulic scissor lifts tables and lifting trolleys which can remove many of the hazards for workers which often come from the repetitive lifting of heavy loads. Simple solutions such as trolleys to assist in the movement of heavy can assist in avoiding injuries.
Although far less common than sprains, bone fractures are the second-most common injury for Australian employees. Often fractures will be more serious than a sprain, requiring in further time off work and more serious rehabilitation for victims.
Cuts and open wounds
Finally, open cuts and wounds come in third among the common injuries for employees. While these cuts are obviously focussed in injuries which handle sharp instruments, like forestry or manufacturing, there is still a risk of serious wounds for many businesses.
To keep workers safe from these challenges, make sure that you have invested in the right material handling equipment to keep employees safe. By taking these steps, you can be sure that you have the best safety processes in place to prevent injuries in your workplace.