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Patient data used to determine most frequent worker injuries

Employees in many industries in Philadelphia are at risk for becoming injured while on the job. All it takes is a single workplace accident for a person's personal health and strength to be changed forever. Few people realize this, including employers. This is why federal workplace safety regulations have been put in place. Employers that do not follow these rules may find themselves being held liable if anything goes wrong and a worker becomes seriously hurt.

A recent report from a leading operator of medical centers from around the country notes the top types of injuries many workers experience during their careers. U.S. HealthWorks, a company that specializes in treating on-the-job injuries, released its annual list and also contributed ways to avoid the injuries that were listed in the report. Back injuries were the most frequent types of injuries seen at the company's more than 200 medical centers during the report's data window. With more than 12,000 visitors across the nation, this company likely has a suitably-sized sample to create an accurate snapshot of workplace injuries. After back injuries came finger cuts, shoulder sprains, sprained necks and knee/leg injuries, in that order.

Each of these types of injuries can occur in nearly any work environment, including manufacturing, outdoor labor or even in the office. Lifting incorrectly or using improper equipment can lead to many of these injuries in an instant or over time. Cutting one's finger is very easy and happens to many people in many different areas of business. By learning proper techniques, especially those that address lifting, employees can avoid many types of injuries. Employers should make it a priority to ensure that their workers are properly educated. In addition, some time to stretch could be allotted each day to make sure that workers are flexible. Even with such procedures in place, accidents do happen and companies should be properly prepared in case of an emergency.


Source: 
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald, "U.S. HealthWorks releases list of top workplace injuries" No author given, Sep. 02, 2013

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