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Six of the Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents and Injuries

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While employee safety should be at the top of every company’s list of concerns, accidents and injuries in the workplace are extremely common.

Nearly 30 million working days are lost due to workplace accidents. These accidents, some of which can be fatal, are caused by a number of incidents. Below are six of the most common causes of injuries and accidents in the workplace.


According to Injury Facts, overexertion accounted for 31% of reported occupational injuries in 2019. Overexertion is common in industries such as transportation and warehousing. Overexertion occurs due to both repetitive movements and excessive physical effort. As to be expected, overexerted employees typically deal with back pain.

Slips, Trips and Falls

As you might expect, slipping, tripping and falling are other leading causes of workplace accidents. In fact, they caused 27.5% of workplace related injuries in 2019. Sticky or wet floors, improper footwear and crowded spaces are three of the main reasons these incidents happen. Read Reliable Planets Guidelines to Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips and Falls to learn to prevent accidents.

Chemicals and Other Hazardous Materials

If your business requires employees to handle chemicals or other hazardous materials, it’s extremely important that you take the necessary precautions to prevent injury. Chemicals can cause burning, breathing problems, nerve damage and death. Providing employees with protective gear, training them on safety and storing chemicals properly are just a few things you can do to prevent workplace accidents from chemicals.

Contact with Objects and Equipment

There are many objects and pieces of equipment that employees can come in contact with, depending on the industry. Whether it’s a vehicle striking a pedestrian, or a piece of falling material hitting a worker, there are a wide variety of accidents that can happen from objects and equipment. It’s important to assess your workspace for potential risks and do your best to mitigate the issue as an employer.


Similar to overexertion, employees can become overworked thus leading to fatigue. While fatigue isn’t typically the direct cause of accidents, it can make employees careless and stressed out, which could lead them to make decisions that would put them in harm’s way.


Accidents caused by violence covers both violence between employees and violence between employees and customers. While this caused less than 50,000 of the reported occupational injuries in 2019, according to Injury Fact, it’s still something that happens frequently. And, oftentimes, these types of incidents are not reported but still cause emotional and physical harm to employees. 

Our team at CJ Hester offers a variety of  investigative services to both employers and employees in regard to accidents and injuries in the workplace. Contact us, today, to learn more at www.hesterinc.net.

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