Work-related injuries are an ongoing concern in today’s workforce.
Understanding recent trends in these injuries is important for both employers and employees to improve workplace safety and reduce the risk of accidents.
1. Increased use of technology
The rapid integration of technology into the workplace has created a notable increase in work-related injuries related to technology usage. Repetitive strain injuries and eyestrain are becoming more prevalent as employees spend long hours in front of computers and other digital devices.
2. Remote work challenges
The rise of remote work, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has introduced new challenges in terms of work-related injuries. Employees working from home may not have access to the same ergonomic setups as in the office, leading to musculoskeletal problems.
3. Mental health-related injuries
Mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety and depression, are increasingly recognized as work-related injuries. High-pressure work environments, unrealistic expectations and long working hours can contribute to mental health problems among employees.
4. Workplace violence
Workplace violence is a concerning trend that has been on the rise in recent years. This includes physical altercations among employees and even violence from external sources.
5. Aging workforce
As the workforce ages, there is a growing concern about injuries related to aging. Older employees may be more prone to injuries like slips, trips and falls.
6. Inadequate training
Insufficient training is a persistent issue contributing to work-related injuries. Employees who are not adequately trained for their roles are at a higher risk of accidents.
In 2021, private industry employers reported 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. By addressing these trends head-on, workplaces can become safer to reduce that number in years to come.