- Industrial injury
An industrial injury is any disease or bodily damage resulting from working.
Common causes of industrial injury are poor
ergonomics, manual handlingof heavy loads, misuse or failure of equipment, exposure to general hazards, inadequate safety training and clothing, jewelleryor long hairthat becomes tangled in machinery.
General hazards in a work environment include
electricity, explosivematerials, fire, flammablegases, heat, height, high pressuregases and liquids, hot gases and liquids, powerful or sharp moving machinery, oxygen-free gases or spaces, poisonous gases, radiation, toxicmaterials, work on, near or under water, work on, near or under weak or heavy structures.
List of well known industrial injuries:
Air embolismcaused by working with compressed airclose to cuts in the skin.
Asbestosiscaused by working near asbestos.
Decompression sicknesscaused by working underwater in a high ambient pressure environment
Hand-arm vibration syndrome/HAVS/white finger caused by long-term use of vibrating tools
Phossy jawcaused by chronic exposure to white phosphorus
Repetitive strain injury
Silicosiscaused by working in a confined, dusty environment
There are many methods on preventing or reducing industrial injures, including: anticipation of problems by
risk assessment, safety training, safety clothing, breathing equipment, safety guards, mechanisms on machinery, and safety barriers. In addition, past problems can be analyzed to find their root causes by using a technique called root cause analysis.
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