When you think of workplace injuries, you likely think about physical injuries and those that happen in an instant. You may not think about invisible injuries, such as stress. According to Common Dreams, the majority of deaths related to on-the-job injuries or illness occur due to long-term illness, such as invisible injuries.
Through government campaigns and conscientious employers, the physical risks on the job site are much lower today than ever before. However, new issues, such as overworking employees, are becoming more common. When you work long hours regularly, it can take a toll on your health and well-being. It may impact your mental health.
Stress is probably the most dangerous work-related illness today. It is not something you can easily measure. It is not always clear when someone is suffering. However, the demands of workers today leads to a lot of stress. Stress can lead to physical and mental conditions that take you away from work or make it impossible for you to return to work.
This environment is not healthy. Changes in workloads, schedules and demands are the only way to lower the risks. No amount of safety training or safety gear can protect you from this type of work-related illness. That is why this is such an area of concern. It takes the efforts of everyone to help put a stop to it.
While physical risks are still a concern, the growing rate of invisible illnesses is something worth taking note of for employers, employees and government agencies tasked with keeping workers safe. To avoid further harm, everyone must work together to find viable solutions.