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The risks of falls across various professions

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Types Of Work-Related Injuries |

Falls represent a significant occupational hazard across various professions. They pose risks that can result in injuries ranging from minor bruises to severe trauma.

Looking at the types of injuries common to different job sectors provides insights into why falls occur and preventive measures.


In the nursing profession, falls often occur when nurses help patients move or transfer. Nurses are at risk of injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures, particularly in the back, shoulders and wrists. Additionally, slip-and-fall accidents on wet floors or cluttered hallways can lead to head injuries or concussions.


Warehouse workers face hazards related to lifting and maneuvering heavy objects. Falls from elevated surfaces such as ladders or platforms can result in broken bones, spinal injuries or head trauma. Moreover, slips on spilled liquids or uneven surfaces in warehouse environments can cause sprains, strains or ankle injuries.


In the welding profession, falls can occur from heights while welders work on scaffolding or elevated structures. These falls may lead to severe injuries such as burns, fractures or traumatic brain injuries, especially without safety precautions such as fall protection gear.


Retail employees are susceptible to falls due to factors such as cluttered aisles, spills or improperly stored merchandise. Common injuries include twisted ankles, wrist sprains or knee injuries from slipping on wet surfaces. Additionally, falls from ladders while stocking shelves can result in fractures or head injuries.


Teachers may fall while supervising students in classroom settings or during outdoor activities. Tripping over classroom furniture, slipping on wet floors or falling on icy pathways can cause injuries such as twisted knees, ankle sprains or wrist fractures.

Preventive measures across professions

Employers do not always undertake measures to mitigate the risks associated with falls. Measures often include training on proper lifting techniques, the maintenance of workplace infrastructure to prevent slips and trips, and the use of personal protective equipment such as nonslip footwear.

Understanding the potential injuries resulting from falls in different professions underscores the importance of prioritizing workplace safety measures. Falls are a risk in virtually all professions.