Workplace injuries occur more frequently than you might think. In fact, many thousands of workplace injuries happen each year. While the most workplace injuries occur in construction, these injuries can affect anyone in any industry. Here are the three most common workplace injuries according to the statistics.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls account for the majority of workplace injuries. Slips, trips, and falls most often occur due to unsafe work conditions. Wet floors that are not marked properly, objects in walkways, and not using fall protection are the most common reasons for slips, trips, and falls. While at times these accidents cannot be avoided, they are often the result of negligence.
Some workplace injuries occur due to objects causing injury. Objects may fall and hit the head, shoulders, or back. This category also includes machinery that might cause injury if the employee or part of their body is caught inside.
Strained muscles are often a cause of workplace injury. If you do the same repetitive movement, especially if it involves lifting weight, you are likely to eventually experience muscle strain. Strained muscles often simply require rest and possibly physical therapy to recover. You may be on restricted duty for some time if you have a severe muscle strain.
Of course, there are many other types of accidents that can happen on the job. If you have been affected by one of these common workplace injuries, it is important that you seek medical treatment and workers’ compensation. If your employer is not cooperative with your claim, or if they fail to follow restrictions or medical leave per the doctor, you may need an attorney. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.