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The most common work incidents and how to avoid them

There are many workplace accidents that can be avoided, so employees can stay safe. For instance, did you know that violent acts in the workplace lead to many injuries, but they can be prevented with something as simple as violence training and communication channels to report abuse or problems in the workplace?

Another very serious problem is the strain repetitive motions put on the body. In places like factories, workers may perform the same movements time and again for many hours. By providing ergonomic support, encouraging proper rest, and giving breaks, employers can reduce the impact of these injuries.

Machine entanglement is a risk employees take, but it's possible to reduce the risk of this injury by training employees to recognize these hazards. These injuries usually happen where heavy equipment is used, so employees should never wear loose jewelry, have loose hair, or wear clothing that could be caught in the machines.

If you drive often, then you may know that getting into an accident is always a possibility. Emphasizing safe driving practices can keep you safe, and it may help you prevent accidents by seeing others making errors with enough time to get out of the way or to come to a stop.

Overexertion is one of the most common injuries in the workplace, and it can be reduced by lowering the stress and strain on employees. Reducing their hours, using proper equipment, and even providing relaxation services like massage or a workout room with breaks can reduce the risk of overexertion for your employees.

Source: Safe Nebraska, "Top 10 Preventable Workplace Incidents," accessed April 20, 2016

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