The workplace injuries that make the news are usually serious and fatal ones. Indeed, approximately 13 people die every day due to these injuries. Many of these are in professions that are widely considered to have some inherent danger associated with them, like construction.
However, the most common workplace injuries can happen to just about anyone in any work environment. Among the top 10 most commonly-reported injuries are the following:
Of the 10 most common workplace injuries, the majority are random incidents that can happen to anyone any time. Not only is it the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, each employee also has a responsibility to themselves to take caution when on the job.
As listed by leading insurance companies around the country, here are the top five reported worker’s compensation injuries:
— Overexertion: These are the most common types of injuries and the most expensive for employers. They can be caused by activities including carrying, holding, lifting, pushing and pulling.
— Tripping or slipping: This is the second most common workplace injury. They often happen when floors are wet or when there is an obstacle on the floor. Even if you don’t actually fall, you may still suffer a reaction injury to a muscle or other part of the body.
— Repetitive motion injuries: Even people who sit at a computer all day can suffer nerve and tendon injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome as well as muscle and back strain as well as problems with their vision.
— Vehicle injuries: Many people drive a considerable number of hours as part of their job, whether they are a truck or bus driver or simply need to drive a car to meet clients.
— Workplace violence: Sadly, this is becoming an increasing danger in the workplace, particularly among disgruntled and/or terminated employees. Just this month, a trainer who was fired from an Equinox gym returned shortly and fatally shot two of the managers there before turning the gun on himself.
While nowhere, including a workplace, is guaranteed to be safe, employers are required to minimize hazards for their workers as well as others on their premises. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job and you believe that an organization failed to take appropriate safety precautions, it may be wise to discuss your case with a California attorney to determine what your options are.
Source: Arbill, “Top 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries,” Julie Copeland, accessed April 14, 2017