Essay Injuries in the Workplace

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INJURIES IN THE WORKPLACE 1

Injuries in the Workplace

INJURIES IN THE WORKPLACE 2 Abstract People frequently encounter situations in their environment in which it is impossible to prevent injuries in the workplace. However, there is a saying in the military “you need to get to the left of the boom.” That means that you prepare for the worst and do everything you can to minimize the risk and
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There are several methods to reduce the risks of injury. Proper training on lifting techniques, spill cleanup and warning signs, employee wellness programs that increase strength, visual aids, non-slip flooring in hallways and stairwells are just a few ways to decrease risk.
Results
All of the methods are proven methods to reduce injuries in any workplace. In 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the incidence rate of lost workday injuries from slips, trips and falls (STFs) on the same level in hospitals was 35.2 per 10,000 full-time equivalents (FTE), which was 75% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined (20.2 per 10,000 FTEs).(3)
Discussion
For this discussion, we will have to focus on only the risk of musculoskeletal injuries from STF. That is the most common cause of lost time injuries, workers compensation and most likely the source of the most lawsuits from employees and patients. Medical mal-practice is high profile but work place injuries happen every day. The statistics are clear; the work is rewarding but dangerous, so how does the industry, the organization and the individual reduce the risk factors and reduce the costs associated with injuries. What else can be

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