Workplace injuries are frighteningly common. Unfortunately, they're also frustratingly easy to avoid, provided that the owners of the business take measures to protect their employees. There are some types of hazards in workplaces that you're more likely to face than others.
Violations of fall protection regulations were the most commonly-cited violations in workplaces by OSHA in 2012. Falling from an elevation causes some of the most devastating injuries imaginable and, of course, these falls all too often end up killing the victim. If you work at an establishment that expects you to ascend heights without fall protection, you should tip off OSHA about it before someone gets hurt or killed. Scaffolding violations were the 3rd most common type of OSHA violation in 2012, so remember to keep an eye out for employers who don’t live up to standards in this regard, as well.
One of the most overlooked sources of injury in workplaces is simple communication. According to OHSA, violations related to not living up the standards for communicating hazards were the 2nd most common types of violations in 2012. When an employer asks you to do 100% of a job with less than 100% of the information about the dangers involved, they're asking you to risk your life and limb. Report it and don't take on jobs when you're not given thorough information about the hazards involved.