In today’s fast-paced work environment, it is important to stay vigilant about emerging trends in workplace injuries.
Identifying and addressing these issues can contribute to a safer and more productive workplace.
1. Remote work-related strains
The surge in remote work has brought about a new set of challenges, notably in the form of ergonomic strains. Employees often find themselves working long hours from makeshift home offices, leading to increased musculoskeletal issues. Prolonged sitting, poor posture and inadequate workspace setups contribute to back, neck and wrist discomfort.
2. Technology-induced distractions
As technology advances, so does the risk of workplace injuries related to distractions. The prevalence of smartphones and other electronic devices contributes to the rise in incidents caused by inattentiveness. Whether walking into obstacles while glued to a screen or mishandling equipment due to digital distractions, employers must emphasize the importance of maintaining focus during work hours.
3. Mental health-related challenges
The spotlight on mental health in the workplace is growing and with good reason. Stress, anxiety and burnout contribute to a decline in overall well-being and can manifest in physical symptoms. Recognizing the signs of mental health struggles is important.
4. Increased automation risks
With the integration of automation in various industries, there is a growing concern about the potential for workplace injuries related to human interaction with machines. Employees may face risks such as pinching, crushing or impact injuries during the use of automated equipment.
In 2022, 2.8 million workplace injuries occurred, an increase of 7.5% from the previous year. For people dealing with these types of injuries, there are avenues to receive compensation.