FallsA number of workers are injured by falls from scaffolding or roofs. One of the most common falling injuries is from ladders. According to the Louisville Ladder Group LLC, 300 people die in mishaps every year involving ladders, and 175,000 others are injured.
How to prevent falls from ladders:
Eye InjuriesAccording to Prevent Blindness America, more than 1,000 workers every day suffer serious eye injury. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that three out of five workers who suffered an eye injury wore no protection.
How to prevent eye injuries:
Slip and FallThese types of injuries are caused when workers are not paying attention to where they are going, or where floors have not been properly maintained.
How to prevent slip-and-fall injuries:
LiftingAlthough it is not fatal, many workers injure their backs, sometimes severely, only because they do not know how to properly lift heavy objects.
How to prevent lifting injuries:
ElectricityA number of accidents can occur if a technician does not work properly with the electrical equipment in heaters, air conditioners, or any other machinery. Not only is there the possibility of starting a fire and causing damage, the worker also runs the risk of electrocution.
How to prevent electrical mishaps:
For more information on work safety, visit these websites:
www.osha.gov www.cdc.gov/niosh/about.html www.bls.gov
Publication date: 03/19/2001