Every industry has a unique set of risks, ranging from production to contract liabilities. Employee injury is a serious concern for businesses of all sizes, affecting those who work in the office or out in the field. In the cannabis industry, there are several common workplace injuries that you need to be aware of.
In the cannabis industry, the final product has to be transported between locations. There are still a lot of states in the U.S. that haven`t legalized possession of marijuana; so many drivers may be faced with uncertain routes. This could lead to an increased risk of vehicle accidents, either from the condition of the vehicle, other motorists, or the driver`s reckless behavior.
Picking, Packing, and Storing Injuries
Probably the most common cannabis industry work injuries deal with the production and packing of the product. There is a lot of lifting, bending, pushing, and pulling, putting a strain on the different muscles of the body. Muscle sprains are commonly reported, as are back injuries for those who do a lot of loading and stocking. Without the right equipment and not using the proper techniques, the manual labor of unloading shipments, packing boxes, bending over to make product inspections, and reaching overhead can do a number on the body. Ergonomic injuries are a serious concern.
Proper training can help reduce some of the risks of injuries in the cannabis industry. A good insurance plan can be the help you need if an injury occurs.