Preventing workplace accidents is a top priority in most New York organizations. Even when managers do not prioritize this for philanthropic reasons, they may fear the legal and economic impact on a company. Whatever their reasons, there are easy steps a manager can follow to help prevent common workplace accidents.

According to Business News Daily, here are the five most common injuries in the workplace:

  •          Fractures
  •          Inflammation
  •          Cuts or punctures
  •          Strains and sprains
  •          Bumps and bruises

The main causes of these injuries are slips, trips and falls; getting struck by a falling object or colliding with an object; accidents involving the use of tools; illnesses or trauma that develops over time. So, what can employers do to reduce their occurrence?

USA Today recommends training employees thoroughly and frequently. It is important for managers to have honest discussions with workers about not just the hazards of the job but the potential consequences of failing to observe safety measures in place.

In order for employees to properly observe safety measures, they may first need access to the right tools. Thus, the second recommendation is to invest in these. Some safety tools employees may need include work books, gas detection equipment, gloves, safety glasses or even an ergonomic chair.

Finally, employers should encourage breaks. Not only do breaks help to keep workers happy, but several studies show that mental and physical fatigue contributes to accidents. Some companies even provide nap pods. While this is not an appropriate solution for every company, even a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee, sit down or have a quick chat can rejuvenate workers and keep them alert on the job.