Preventing The 3 Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), an employee is injured on the job every 7 seconds. That explains why the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are so important to both employers and employees. Preventing these injuries is important, and, according to the NSC and OSHA, there are three specific types of workplace injuries that lead to the most lost work days: overexertion; contact with objects or equipment; and slips, trips, and falls.


Overexertion refers to a musculoskeletal disorder that results from lifting/lowering heavy objects or performing repetitive movements that put a severe strain on the body. It might not come as a surprise that overexertion accounts for about 33% of all workplace injuries, according to the National Safety Council.

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