Absenteeism is an issue with which every employer will have to deal throughout their time in business. In some companies, it can be a serious issue, with staff numbers often diminished owing to illness or injury. Depending on the nature of the work involved, the risk of accruing an illness on the job can be higher than normal.

Construction workers face several potential health and safety hazards in their job every day. The physical effort involved in their work, along with the operation of and proximity to heavy machinery, makes the threat of injury ever-present. Also, the risk of asthmatic problems are heightened by the presence of dust from wood, concrete, and other materials.

It isn’t just occupations with a lot of physical exertion that pose a risk, either. If your work requires you to sit at a desk for most of the day, you need to be careful not to pick up a muscular injury from being seated for several hours on end. Correct seating posture is vital, especially your back position, as straining this could rule you unfit for work for more than just a few days.

Also, psychological factors such as stress are now regarded in the same bracket of potential workplace illnesses as any physical ailment. The topic of mental health is more prevalent than ever, and it is not unknown for work-related stress to force people to step back from their employment. If an employee approaches their boss and informs them that they feel unable to continue in their work because of stress, the issue needs to be taken seriously, and not just brushed aside. Thankfully, attitudes on this seem to be changing for the better.

If you’d like to find out more about common workplace illnesses and how to reduce the risk of these occurring, then check out the infographic below from Easy Life Cover.

Eamonn Freeman

Eamonn Freeman is the Managing Director of Easy Life Cover, a life insurance, and income protection company which operates across Ireland. He is an expert in a range of personal finance matters such as mortgages, over 50s life cover and income protection.