Working in the pest control industry you may think that the worst things that can happen to you are a bee sting or maybe even a bite from a particularly angry mouse, but that just isn’t the case. There are unfortunately many ways (ways that you may not even be aware of) to become seriously injured on the job. Because of this it is important to not only understand what types of common workplace injuries there are, but more importantly how to prevent them!
We want to provide as much information as possible to help everyone stay safe, no matter what their job titles may be. Listed below are some of the most common workplace injuries in the pest control industry. One type of injury that you won’t see on the list is injuries due to chemicals or pesticides. This is because of the pest control industries dedication to ensuring that the pest control products being used are very safe for people to be near!
The number one type of workplace injury is a slip, trip, or fall. We probably have all been there, in life or the workplace, accidentally get tangled in gear, carrying a bit too much equipment, or just plain trip on a patch of uneven ground. Making sure to take your time and being aware of your surroundings can help to limit these kinds of accidents that can lead to serious injury.
The second most common workplace injury is cause by auto accidents; specifically rear-end collisions. It is very easy to become distracted by cell phones, GPS’s, and other handheld devices. When driving the only thing you should be focused on is the road ahead.
Other Common workplace injuries include: strains and sprains cause by carry equipment that is awkward or too heavy, or by falling into or over uneven ground. A workplace injury can also be caused by a fall from a different level; meaning falling from a ladder, scaffolding, or even through a roof. Insect bites and bites from homeowner’s dogs also cause injuries in the workplace.
While accidents can and probably will happen it is important that we all pay attention to our surroundings and try to do everything that we can to help keep ourselves and fellow employees safe. Some ways that we can all work together in order to reduce workplace injuries include following through with driver’s education training- including a defensive driving program, developing safety practices out in the field where the injuries are most likely to occur, making sure that all safety training is documented, and go over safety practices as often as possible.
By working together everybody can have a safer work environment, miss less work and stay as healthy as possible! To learn more about workplace safety click here to read an article featuring advice from Michael Botha.