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What kind of workplace injuries do we treat?

A single workplace injury can encompass multiple categories of injuries and conditions, exhibiting various symptoms. We delve into the diverse forms of workplace injuries, their signs and symptoms, and their available treatment options.

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Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of workplace injuries. These accidents can occur due to slippery or cluttered floors, poorly lit areas, or uneven surfaces. They can result in injuries such as sprains, fractures, and head injuries. Slips, trips, and falls are preventable and it’s important for employers and employees to work together to ensure a safe work environment.

What are the most common symptoms?

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Pain and swelling: Slips, trips, and falls can result in sudden and forceful impacts, causing pain and swelling in the affected joints, such as the wrists, ankles, knees, or hips.

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Bruising and cuts: When a fall occurs, it’s not uncommon for skin to become scraped or bruised. In some cases, cuts or abrasions may also occur and cause bleeding.

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Headaches or concussions: Falls can result in head injuries, such as concussions or brain injuries. These types of injuries can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

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Dizziness and loss of balance: Falls can disrupt the inner ear and balance mechanisms, resulting in dizziness and loss of balance. This can make it difficult for the individual to walk or perform everyday activities and may increase the risk of future falls.

How can you prevent this injury at work?

Maintain a clean and organized work environment:

Regularly clean up spills and remove clutter from walkways to reduce the risk of slips and trips. Ensure that floors are dry and free from obstacles.

Wear proper footwear:

Select shoes that provide good traction and support, especially in slippery or wet conditions. This will help prevent slips and falls.

Pay attention to your surroundings

Always be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards, such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or cluttered walkways. Walk slowly and carefully, especially in unfamiliar environments.

Muscle strains

Muscle strains are a common workplace injury caused by overuse, repetitive motions, or sudden movements. Strains occur when a muscle is stretched or torn, resulting in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Some of the most common areas affected by muscle strains include the back, neck, arms, and legs. To prevent muscle strains in the workplace, employers should provide proper training and equipment, encourage regular stretching and exercise, and allow employees to take breaks as needed.

What are the most common symptoms?

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Pain in the affected area: A strained muscle will often cause pain in the area of the injury, ranging from a mild ache to severe discomfort.

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Swelling and tenderness Strains often cause swelling and tenderness in the affected area, making it difficult to move or pressure the muscle.

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Muscle spasms or cramping: Strains can also cause muscle spasms or cramping, which can be painful and make it difficult to move the affected area.

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Reduced mobility and difficulty moving the affected area: A strain can reduce mobility and make it difficult to move the affected area, which can impact daily activities and work performance.

How can you prevent this injury at work?

Stretch regularly

Regular stretching can help improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and prevent strains. Stretch before starting work, during breaks, and at the end of the day. Focus on stretching the areas that are most frequently used or subjected to repetitive motions.

Use proper technique and posture

 When performing repetitive motions, ensure proper technique and posture to reduce the risk of strain. This includes maintaining good posture, using ergonomic equipment, and avoiding awkward positions.

Take breaks as needed:

Taking breaks and changing positions regularly can help prevent overuse injuries and reduce the risk of strain. Make sure employees have access to comfortable seating and proper workstations to reduce the risk of strain and promote overall well-being.

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Repetitive stress injury

Repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a type of injury that occurs from performing the same motions repeatedly over a long period. RSIs can affect various body parts, including the hands, wrists, arms, neck, and back. Common types of RSI include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and trigger finger. These injuries can be debilitating and cause chronic pain, making it difficult to perform daily tasks and work duties.

What are the most common symptoms?

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Pain or discomfort: RSI often causes pain or discomfort in the affected area, ranging from mild aches to severe pain.

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Weakness or numbness: RSIs can cause weakness or numbness in the affected area, making it difficult to perform routine tasks.

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Tingling or burning sensations: RSI can also cause tingling or burning sensations in the affected area, which can be distracting and uncomfortable.

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Loss of grip strength: RSIs can cause a loss of grip strength, making it difficult to perform tasks that require fine motor skills.

How can you prevent this injury at work?

Incorporate Breaks

Regularly taking short breaks during repetitive tasks can help reduce the risk of RSI. Encourage employees to stretch and move around during these breaks to reduce tension in the affected area.

Use Ergonomic Equipment

Make sure employees have access to ergonomic equipment, such as ergonomic keyboards, mice, and chairs, to reduce the risk of RSI. This can help reduce the strain on the affected area and prevent injury.

Modify Work Tasks

Modifying work tasks to reduce repetition and awkward positions can also help prevent RSI. Consider rotating employees between tasks to reduce the risk of overuse injuries and ensure employees have access to proper training on the correct techniques for performing repetitive tasks.

Crashes and collitions

Crashes and collisions are common workplace injuries in various industries, including transportation, construction, and manufacturing. These types of injuries can range from minor bruises and cuts to serious head, neck, and back injuries. In some cases, crashes and collisions can result in permanent disability or even death. Employers need to implement safety measures and provide training to reduce the risk of crashes and collisions in the workplace.

What are the most common symptoms?

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Pain: Pain is a common symptom following a crash or collision, which can range from a minor ache to severe pain, depending on the severity of the injury.

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Head injuries: Head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures, are common following crashes and collisions. Symptoms can include confusion, memory loss, and headaches.

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Back and neck injuries: Back and neck injuries, such as sprains and strains, are common following crashes. These types of injuries can cause severe pain and limit mobility.

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Bruises and cuts: Bruises and cuts are common following crashes and collisions. While these types of injuries may seem minor, they can still cause significant discomfort and complications if not properly treated.

How can you prevent this injury at work?

Safety Training

Providing safety training and regularly reviewing safety procedures can help prevent crashes and collisions in the workplace. This training should include proper use of equipment and knowledge of potential hazards.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of equipment and vehicles can help prevent crashes and collisions. This includes checking brakes, tires, and other essential components to ensure they are in good working order.

Safety Equipment

Providing safety equipment, such as seat belts, airbags, and helmets, can help reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a crash or collision. Employers should also ensure that all safety equipment is in good condition and used correctly.