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What are the most common workplace injuries?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries can happen in any job, affecting thousands of workers each year. These incidents range in severity and can have a substantial impact on both health and productivity.

Understanding the most common types of injuries is key to reducing them and ensuring a safer working environment for all employees.

Overexertion injuries

Overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries. This type of injury occurs when a person lifts, pulls, pushes or throws something that strains their body. It is particularly common in jobs requiring physical labor, such as construction or warehouse work. Symptoms may include muscle strains, back injuries and joint damage.

Slips, trips and falls

These incidents are highly prevalent and can happen in any work environment. Slips may occur when floors are wet or oily. Trips happen due to clutter, uneven floor surfaces or exposed cables. Falls might involve falling from heights, such as ladders or stairs. Injuries from these accidents can range from minor bruises to more severe harm, such as fractures or head injuries.

Struck by or against objects

Workers can get injured by contact with objects in various ways. Being struck by a falling object or running into a hard surface can cause injuries. Construction sites often report these incidents, but they can also happen anywhere objects move overhead or in cluttered environments.

Repetitive strain injuries

Repetitive strain injuries result from overuse of particular body parts, usually due to repetitive tasks. Common in offices where employees may engage in continual typing or clicking, these injuries can lead to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.

Machine-related accidents

Operating heavy machinery or equipment poses significant risks, especially if the machinery is malfunctioning or if safety protocols are not followed. Accidents can include getting caught in or struck by equipment, leading to serious injuries or even fatalities.

Staying informed about workplace safety can lead to healthier working conditions and reduce the risk of injury for employees.

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