Our readers in Ohio who are familiar with previous posts here know that workers who are injured on the job are, in general, entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether the accident in question was their fault or not – just so long as they didn’t intentionally hurt themselves. But, no one wants to be injured on the job in the first place. Injuries and illnesses can keep employees from working for days, weeks or even months, all the while being unable to earn income.

So, what types of workplace injuries are the most preventable? Well, the National Safety Council created a “Top 10” list to help raise awareness of this very issue. The number one preventable injury? “Overexertion” injuries. These are injuries that occur when workers lift, push or pull items or objects incorrectly or that are too heavy, thus resulting in injury. Training on proper techniques is the recommended way to prevent these injuries.

Of the other preventable injuries, there are many that our readers would likely guess: injuries from slipping, tripping and falling, as well as vehicle crashes and accidents involving machinery. With all of these types of injuries, it is important to train employees to be aware of their surroundings and provide proper safety training. Lastly, repetitive motion injuries are quite common when workers are doing the same task over and over. Employers can help prevent these injuries by making sure that equipment is placed in the proper position, as well as encouraging breaks that allow the worker to stretch and rest muscles.

Even though most workplace injuries are preventable, workers in Ohio still suffer injuries that keep them from working for extended periods of time. When this happens, injured workers will need to assess their workers’ compensation options.