Aug 03, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time.
Many workplace accidents and injuries can be prevented if workers know the causes of accidents and they are taught accident prevention and how to protect themselves to avoid injury. Although no one wants to get hurt at work, there are four major causes for injuries on the job.

Back injuries
The number one cause of on-the-job injuries is physical overload. These injuries are predominantly caused by lifting (too heavy a load or lifting improperly), straining, overreaching, bending, and twisting.
•To protect your back against injury, learn and use proper lifting techniques, never bend or twist while lifting or carrying.
•Whenever possible, use a mechanical aid or get help with the load from another worker.

Hitting or striking against
The second most common cause of worker injury is being hit by or hitting against an object.
The best way to protect against these accidents is to be alert to the potential hazards and to use appropriate protective equipment (hard hats, eye protection, gloves).
• Make sure you can see over the load you carry and that walkways are well-lighted and clear of obstacles.
•Be aware of your body and the space around you. Give yourself enough clearance when passing by or under equipment (where it is safe to do so) or going through a passageway.

To avoid injuries from falls:
• Be sure that your footing is firm and wear slip resistant soled shoes
• Watch where you’re walking.
• Don’t walk backward to direct equipment or leap from one level to another.
• Clean up spills or grease spots and use handrails when walking on stairs.

Power Tools
Power tools are the fourth major cause of on-the-job injury is power tool accidents, that is, getting caught by or in moving parts. When working around any moving equipment (a tool that rotates, slides, or presses):
• Always use safety shields and guards.
• Only work with a power tool that you have been trained to use.
• Never wear jewellery or loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in the moving equipment.

Be alert to the hazards you face on your job and learn what you should do to protect yourself against accidents and injuries and follow the company’s established safety guidelines. Remember the choices you make will impact more people that you can possibly imagine. That’s a hard pill to swallow. Knowing that the choice I made will forever impact my wife and my family is a burden I have to bare. Be safe and it doesn’t end when you go home!