Workplaces can be full of hazards that can cause injuries if proper precautions aren’t taken. However, many common workplace injuries are preventable if workers follow safety guidelines and use personal protective equipment (PPE) properly. This article will look at 5 of the most common workplace injuries and provide tips on how to avoid them through safety practices and PPE. Being aware of these common injuries and taking proactive steps can help promote a safer work environment.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injury, accounting for over a third of all major injuries. They can occur due to spilled liquids or objects obstructing walkways. To help avoid them:

·         Clean up spills immediately and place ‘wet floor’ signs

·         Keep walkways and work areas clear of clutter and obstructions

·         Wear slip-resistant footwear with good traction

·         Hold on to handrails when using stairs

·         Ensure good lighting in all areas

Overexertion Injuries

Overexertion when lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects is another top cause of workplace injury. This can lead to strains and sprains in the back, shoulders, and upper limbs. To help prevent these:

·         Use proper lifting techniques – bend your knees, keep your back straight, and hold loads close to your body

·         Avoid twisting while lifting or holding heavy loads

·         Use equipment like trolleys or lifts for moving heavy materials

·         Don’t attempt to lift objects beyond your capability

·         Take regular breaks when doing repetitive tasks

Falls from Height

Falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and other elevated work areas can result in very serious injuries. To avoid:


·         Use proper fall arrest systems like safety harnesses when working at height

·         Check ladders and scaffolds are in good condition and placed securely

·         Don’t overload shelves or storage areas at height

·         Follow safe systems of work for roof access

·         Never rush or take shortcuts when working at height

Struck by Moving or Falling Objects

Being struck by moving or falling objects can cause blunt-force trauma injuries. Prevention includes:

·         Wearing a hard hat, safety shoes, high-vis clothing and other relevant PPE

·         Not working under suspended loads and using measures to prevent falling objects

·         Keeping work areas tidy and organised with all materials properly stored

·         Ensuring guards are in place around moving parts of machinery

Caught Between Objects

Being caught in between machinery, vehicles or other moving parts can crush limbs and other body parts. Avoid by:


·         Keeping body parts away from pinch points and moving parts

·         Never removing machine guards while equipment is operating

·         Establishing safe traffic routes in work areas

·         Getting trained on safe work procedures near vehicles or conveyors

·         Reporting and repairing damaged guards, doors or machinery

Implementing good housekeeping, safe work practices and proper use of PPE can dramatically decrease the risks of sustaining one of these common workplace injuries. Providing adequate training and reporting procedures is also key. Promoting a strong culture of safety where all workers look out for hazards and risks is one of the best ways to avoid harm. With commitment from management and employees, worksites can effectively control these top causes of injuries.

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