Injuries and Illness at Work

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Injuries and Illness at Work
Kirk Smith
Tulane University

Course Title: Principles of Occupational Health

Course Number: GEHS 6540

Kirk Smith Dr. Swiff Principles of Occupational Health 17 April 2013 Injuries and Illness at Work Injury and Illness at work, known by a variety of names, are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs. Also, numerous employers in the United States already manage safety-using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and we believe that all employers can and should do the same. Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement. Workplace injuries happen all the time. The most susceptible employees who experience workplace injuries are those working in more dangerous areas such as construction sites and factories. However the most common types of injuries, which have greatly affected both employees and employers, are those that we don 't necessarily think as dangerous but are nevertheless detrimental to the health and safety of workers. In this paper I will discuss the sprains and strains, overexertion fatal work injuries in the private construction sector, and nonfatal occupational injuries. The most common workplace injuries is Sprains and strains, most often involving the back, accounted for 43 percent of the 1.3 million injuries and illnesses in private industry. Over six million injuries occur in the workplace each year. Sprains, strains and tears to muscles and connective



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