An occupational injury is bodily damage resulting from working. On average, there are 23,000 on-the-job injuries in the United States every day. Annually, this adds up to 8.5 million injuries and a huge cost to workers, their families and our economy. But, it’s not injuries alone that workers deal with. Hundreds of thousands of employees develop illnesses on the job, costing $58 billion a year.
Common causes of occupational injury are poor ergonomics, manual handling of heavy loads, misuse or failure of equipment, exposure to general hazards, inadequate safety training and clothing, or jewelry/long hair becoming tangled in machinery. Other general hazards in a work environment include electricity, fire, height, powerful or sharp moving machinery, poisonous gases, or working under weak or heavy structures.
There are many methods of preventing or reducing occupational injuries, including anticipation of problems by investing in something such as the Physical Capacity Profile Testing System. The PCP Testing System helps employers reduce on-the-job injuries by ensuring employees have the physical strength to safely perform their job responsibilities. It also aids in reducing workers compensation exposure by documenting impairments an employee brings with them to the workplace, per the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides. The information gathered from the PCP Testing System can prove to be extremely valuable for a number of professionals involved in injury treatment and injury compensation including the employee, physicians, employers and insurance companies.