Any occupation in Iowa that involves physical labor can take a toll on the health of workers.
According to EHS Today article, jobs that involve repeated lifting and lengthy periods of standing can cause serious health complications that start in the feet and progress throughout the body.
What starts as pain in the foot can work its way up to the knees, hips, and back. If not addressed immediately, these injuries can turn into something far worse – requiring months out of work.
How common are foot injuries?
When we think of injuries on the job, our feet aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, foot injuries are a common problem in the workplace.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that more than 53,000 foot injuries happen every year in the U.S. and results in 4.8 injured workers per 10,000 employees.
One of the leading factors in foot injuries is slips, trips, and falls. According to The National Safety Council (NSC), around 44.5 million injuries in the US were caused by slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are often attributed to:
- Anti-fatigue mats: Employees who consistently stand may have an anti-fatigue mat placed in their work station. This mat can create a tripping hazard.
- Pain in feet: Pre-existing pain in the feet can make workers more susceptible to slips, trips and falls. This is mostly due to poor gait and balance.
- Lack of traction: The shoes worn by workers can be a contributing factor in slip, trip and fall accidents. When walking on slippery surfaces, it’s important to have shoes or boots with adequate traction.
- Poor floor conditions: Slippery surfaces, broken or uneven floor pieces, and clutter create a serious hazard for workers.
What can be done to prevent being injured?
The EHS article urges employers to utilize insole programs. Wearing insoles can reduce foot pain, especially for employees who spend a lot of time on their feet.
It’s also important that workers are made aware of the common risks they face on the job. Additionally, employees should be allowed extra break periods when they can sit down and rest their feet. Making these changes may not only reduce the likelihood of workers sustaining injuries on the job, but also create a more productive workplace.
No matter what caused your injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, as long as you were hurt on the job.
Don’t hesitate to contact Paul McAndrew Law Firm, PLLC today to discuss your options.