Work injuries are a natural occurrence and can be sustained in any setting. It is a common misconception that work injuries occur in non-office settings. This is not true, however, as falls are the most common workplace injury and office workers are 2-2.5 more likely to suffer a disabling injury from a fall than non-office workers.
Falls are not the only work-related injury that occurs; there are many other causes. Some of the more common work injuries include:
- Slips and Falls
- Accidents Involving Heavy Objects or Equipment
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
These injuries account for the larger percentage of work-related injuries.
Overexertion is the most common work injury; it is very easy to sustain. Just like when playing sports or working out, overexertion, occurs when you pull, push, lift, hold, or in general move heavy objects. According to the Liberty Mutual Group, overexertion was responsible for about 23% of total work-related injuries.
Overexertion can cause many kinds of injuries from the simplest and most minor strains and sprains all the way to bone breaks and fractures.
In fact, back injuries are the most common results of overexertion. They can occur when you pick up something that is too heavy or get up too quickly. If left untreated, back injuries can get worse and evolve from a simple strain to tears and slipped and ruptured discs.
Overall, injuries caused by overexertion cost employers around $14 billion per year in losses. It is nearly impossible to prevent these sorts of injuries, but they can be minimized or even prevented, to a certain degree, with the proper training.
Slips and Falls
While seemingly innocent and not too serious, slips and falls are a cause for a large percentage of work injuries. According to the Liberty Mutual Group, falls on the same level and to the lower levels account for about 27% of work-related injuries nationally, racking up around $12 billion in losses for employers.
Very similar to overexertion, slips, and falls are nearly impossible to prevent, but they can be prevented by taking caution while in the workplace. Here are some precautions that can help prevent such injuries:
- Watch for spills
- Avoid being close to holes and open ledges
- Be alert when walking around the workplace
Workers in all occupations and settings are in danger of slipping or falling. Falls can result in fractures, breaks, concussions, and a number of other injuries.
Accidents Involving Heavy Objects or Equipment
Unlike the previous injuries, being involved in an accident involving heavy objects or equipment is most commonly related to and occurs on construction sites. While it can happen at the office it is very uncommon, in that setting.
Injuries related to such accidents, however, still account for a good amount of workplace injuries across the country, about 7.5% and cost employers about $4.5 billion.
Similarly to falls and overexertion, while not totally preventable taking the correct precautions at work can help prevent many of them. It is important to understand that work accidents will always happen and a good workplace protocol is a very useful in preventing them.
Construction companies should have safety guidelines in place. It is extremely important to always be aware of your surroundings, especially on a construction site.
Some simple ways to help prevent these injuries are to always look around and pay attention. Injuries related to heavy objects have the potential to be much more serious and even fatal than other kinds of work injuries.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries occur when you perform the same tasks every day for a long period of time. One of the most common examples of a repetitive motion injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury usually affects people who do a lot of work on the computer and are constantly typing.
Tendinitis is another common example. Tendinitis is usually pretty minor, resulting in minor stiffness or pain. However, if not cared for, this injury can become very severe and can potentially lead to tendon tears or even permanent damage to the joints.
If the work you do is based on a lot of repetitive motions, these can be the result. It is very highly recommended you take a small break each hour from the repetitive motion. A short rest can go a long way.
These types of injuries account for nearly 3% of the national total for work-related injuries and cost employers nearly $2 billion.
If you suffered any of these or any other kind of work-related injury and need help with your claim, or just want some guidance, our experienced attorney at Goldberg and Wolf are more than happy to help. You can contact us or call at 865-651-1600.
Also, it is important to remember that workers’ compensation law differs from state to state, as happy as we would be to help you we only serve the New Jersey area. However if you were injured in Pennsylvania, our good friends at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo and their experienced team of attorneys will be able to help.