It’s a fact that the accidents can happen at any time in the workplace. Even in the Silicon Valley, where many people work while sitting at a computer, injuries can happen. While it is still the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, every employee should be aware of what to do should an accident occur.

Here are four of the most common workplace injuries, according to Chron.com:

Back and hernia injuries

Back and hernia injuries are caused by excessive lifting, pushing, dragging, overreaching, straining, twisting, and bending. “These injuries often require surgery, long recovery periods away from work and, at times, reassignment to another job where the injured area is not exposed to physical stress,” says the Chron article. To protect yourself from this type of injury, make sure to learn and apply proper lifting techniques. Also, get help from some mechanical aid, or even a co-worker whenever possible.

Trauma injuries

Chron.com describes trauma injuries as “hitting or being hit by an object and falls.” These injuries are common in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and mining. The best way to protect against them is to use appropriate protective equipment (goggles, hard hats, gloves, etc.), and to be alert to the potential hazards around you.

Machine-related injuries

Also common in the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries, machine-related injuries often occur in the body extremities, as these are the areas most exposed and thus most vulnerable to these types of injuries. Similar to trauma injury prevention, the best way to avoid machine-related injuries is to use protective equipment, and to ensure that safety measures are in place, such as safety guards, shields, and lock-out procedures.

Repetitive motion injuries

“Workers in computer-related jobs or who run manufacturing machinery who perform the same physical motion over and over often suffer repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel,” says Chron.com. Protect yourself against this type of injury by taking regular breaks from the repetitive motion. Eating well, exercising, and paying attention to your body also helps.

What to do in case of a workplace injury

When a workplace injury occurs, the affected employee must be brought to the closest medical facility for treatment. Cupertino urgent care, a center managed by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, can provide injury care services for the common workplace injuries described above, and more. Should you find yourself injured in or near Cupertino, you can visit a well-equipped Cupertino walk-in clinic for quick treatment.

(Info from Types of Injuries in the Workplace, Houston Chronicle)

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