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Roll your mouse over Rod and Rodette to see how often injuries occur, and learn some great safety tips.

Face Injuries

85 face injuries were reported in 2016. 

Safety Tips:

  • Provide eye protection and ensure it’s worn – don’t take chances
  • Be careful when working with hot liquids or caustic chemicals – they can splash up
  • Wear sunscreen when working outside for extended periods of time

Neck Injuries

203 neck injuries were reported in 2016. That's 3.5% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Design work to avoid strain, such as adding headsets or magnifiers
  • Ensure computer workstations are ergonomically designed
  • Ensure headrests properly positioned in transportation industries

Shoulder Injuries

527 shoulder injuries were reported in 2016. That's 9.0% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Avoid reaching: Keep work below the head, above the knees
  • Reduce need to manually lift, avoid tugging, dragging heavy material
  • Wear protective clothing and equipment when needed

Chest Injuries

130 chest injuries were reported in 2016. That's 2.2% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Wear protective clothing when needed
  • Design work to reduce the need to lift – avoid sudden motions
  • Ensure proper ventilation and safe work environments

Arm Injuries

239 arm injuries were reported in 2016. That's 4.1% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Lift safely and design work to avoid lifting if possible
  • Be especially careful around moving parts and machinery
  • Many arms were injured breaking falls: Watch your step.

Wrist Injuries

221 wrist injuries were reported in 2016. That's 3.8% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure office setups are ergonomically designed: think wrist rests, arm rests, adjustable keyboards etc.
  • Design manual work to improve posture and reduce force
  • Design work to reduce repetitive motion such as keyboarding or detailed work

Hand Injuries

159 hand injuries were reported in 2016. That's 2.7% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure machinery has proper guards
  • Don’t rush when working with sharp items – and don’t let anyone rush you.
  • Wear protective equipment like gloves when you need to

Finger Injuries

343 finger injuries were reported in 2016. That's 5.9% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Don’t walk with sharp objects and be aware of who’s around you
  • Wear gloves around heat, or when working with glass or metal
  • Keep fingers away from openings and moving parts

Back Injuries

1,674 back injuries were reported in 2016. That's 28.6% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Design work to reduce need to lift
  • Follow lifting guidelines
  • Design work to maintain good posture

Leg Injuries

569 leg injuries were reported in 2016. That's 9.7% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Sign slippery areas and watch your step – twisted knees are common
  • Alternate between bending, sitting, squatting, kneeling to avoid repetitive strain
  • Wear protective clothing as appropriate, such as chain saw pants

Ankle Injuries

262 ankle injuries were reported in 2015. That's 4.5% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Watch your step – avoid slippery or cluttered areas
  • Ensure footwear offers the right support
  • Clear icy steps to avoid slips and falls

Foot Injuries

142 foot injuries were reported in 2015. That's 2.4% of all injuries.

Safety Tips:

  • Wear approved steel-toed boots or other safe footwear – especially around heat, machinery, and sharp objects
  • Rest when standing for long periods
  • Watch your step and properly sign unsafe or hazardous areas until it’s safe