6 Most Common Injuries on Industrial Job Sites

Working in a factory or on an industrial job site can be dangerous. There are many potential hazards that can lead to injury. This blog post will discuss some of the most common industrial job site injuries.

Broken Bones

Various factors can cause fractures and broken bones during a workday at an industrial job site. It's common that when a heavy equipment accident happens, it causes broken bones, but they can also occur when workers fall from heights, become pinned between two objects, or even suffer a repetitive motion injury. It's important for industrial job sites to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent broken bones and other serious injuries from occurring.

These are dangerous because broken bones can cause chronic medical issues later on in life, leading to expensive medical bills. To avoid broken bones, workers should be properly trained and educated about safety hazards that are present at the job site. They should also wear protective clothing and equipment like gloves, goggles, and helmets while working near hazardous materials or machinery. Furthermore, they should stay alert and aware of their surroundings to minimize potential risks.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Getting a concussion or other types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the job is an unfortunate reality for many workers in the industrial sector. These occur when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull and can be caused by a wide range of activities such as falls from heights, debris falling from machinery or equipment, motor vehicle accidents, and contact sports injuries.

The severity of traumatic brain injuries can vary greatly, ranging from mild cases that cause only brief changes in mental status or consciousness to fatal ones that lead to prolonged comas and death. Common symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries include confusion, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and loss of memory. In some cases, these symptoms may not appear until days after the traumatic event.

If you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. It is important to be aware of the potential hazards in your workplace and take preventive measures to reduce risks.

Sprains

Another very common type of injury in any industrial job site is sprains. A sprain occurs when ligaments become overstretched or torn. Common sprains occur in the ankles, wrists, and knees due to a sudden trauma that causes these joints to twist or turn beyond their normal range of motion. Symptoms may include swelling, pain, and difficulty using the affected joint.

Sprains can be very serious if not treated properly, so it's important for employers to provide proper medical care for workers who have sprained a limb on the job. In addition to physical therapy and rest, sprained limbs often require medical treatments such as braces, splints, or other support devices to help keep them immobilized while they heal.

Burns

Industrial job sites often deal with highly flammable, or even explosive, materials and hazardous environments, making burns a common injury. Burns can range in severity from minor to life-threatening and should always be treated as a serious emergency.

It is important to be aware of the potential risks at industrial job sites and take all necessary safety precautions to ensure burns are prevented. Proper protective equipment such as gloves, boots, long sleeves, etc., should always be worn when dealing with hot materials or surfaces. Additionally, workers should never operate machinery or engage in work that requires their hands or feet until they have taken adequate time for their skin to cool down after contact with heat sources.

Chemical Exposure

Many different harmful chemicals can be found at industrial job sites. Some of them are the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Solvents

These chemicals can cause serious health risks to workers in the form of respiratory illnesses, chemical poisoning, cancer, and even death. Workers exposed to chemicals have an increased risk of developing long-term illnesses as a result of their exposure. For example, workers exposed to asbestos may develop mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is the result of inhaling or ingesting fibers from this chemical.

Back Injuries

Back injuries on construction sites are a common occurrence because of the manual labor involved. They can occur when a worker lifts heavy objects, falls from a height, or is exposed to prolonged vibration due to operating machinery. Even small back injuries can be debilitating and lead to long-term pain and disability.

To prevent back injuries on job sites, employers should provide safety equipment such as back braces and ergonomic back supports. They should also ensure that employees are trained in proper lifting techniques, and provide regular breaks for employees doing manual labor tasks.

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Industrial job sites are filled with dangers you have to be aware of. All of these injuries are very common and you should always do your best to protect yourself from them. If, however, you do get injured, seek medical attention immediately and ask for compensation!

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