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The Ten Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries

Injuries can happen in nearly any workplace. In 2013 alone, more than 4,000 workers were killed and millions more suffered a serious injury. What may surprise you is that many of these injuries were similar and came as a result of similar causes. If you have suffered any of these types of injuries, you should not hesitate to reach out to a skilled Sacramento workers’ compensation attorney, who can provide you with experienced counsel throughout your claim.

The Top 10 Reported Workplace Injuries

10. On the Job Violence – When people spend hours and hours together every day, it’s not unreasonable to expect that they’ll eventually grow tired of each other. When you toss in a controversial topic like politics, you have a high risk for a potentially violent outburst. Fistfights, assault, and other forms of violence can lead to potentially serious injuries, and no workplace is completely immune. However, workplace training and a culture that encourages people to report someone who they suspect might turn violent could help curtail these incidents.

9. Repetitive Motion Injuries – These may not seem all that obvious to most workers because they often occur over long periods of time, but even simple tasks repeated over and over again for hours on end can lead to serious wear and tear on your muscles and joints, leading to painful injuries. Even something as simple as typing or using the computer can lead to one of these injuries, including the fairly well-known carpal tunnel syndrome. Other afflictions include back pain, vision problems, and more. The easiest way to prevent these things is to use proper posture and ergonomic equipment, such as a standing desk or keyboard that sits at the right height.

8. Machine Entanglement – Factory workers who are frequently around heavy moving machinery are constantly at a much more elevated risk of injury than even they might know. Clothes, shoes, hair, fingers, and other extremities are frequently around moving parts, and injuries can occur easily and frequently when no precaution is taken. Protective equipment such as gloves, helmets, hair nets, and other devices can help prevent this from happening, but the most important protective measure is to simply train employees and make them aware of the danger so they utilize the machinery with the utmost caution at all times.

7. Vehicle Accidents – We all know how dangerous a car accident can be, and those who are required to drive for work are constantly exposed to that same risk. The risk elevates even higher for companies who require their workers to use cell phones for work tasks while behind the wheel, including taking calls, checking emails, or navigating to a destination. Many companies have taken steps to combat this by instituting full cell phone ban policies, but nonetheless, the injury risk is still present, particularly when the roads are at their busiest.

6. Walking Into Things – We’ve all laughed at the video of someone with their eyes glued to their phone walking into a door they didn’t realize was close in their face. However, it’s a lot less funny when that person is you… or you sustain a rather severe injury as a result of it. Sometimes the object in the way isn’t a door, but a cabinet, window, table, or chair, and sometimes it happens while trying to carefully navigate while holding something heavy or precariously balanced. It’s not uncommon for these collisions to result in broken bones, muscle issues, heavy bruising, and more.

5. Falling Object Injuries – If you own a business, odds are you put things on shelves. Anything that is stored off the ground level could potentially fall, and anything that falls could land on an employee, resulting in an injury and a workers’ compensation claim. The key to avoiding these issues is to secure anything that’s heavy or stored at a dangerous height, and be sure to use proper protective equipment if anything heavy is being moved while at height. Also, never overload any shelves or storage devices.

4. Reaction Injuries – Have you ever slipped on a wet floor and avoided falling but felt pain from the incident afterward? Often times our first instinct to avoid an injury results in us getting hurt in another way. Pulled or torn muscles, body trauma, or other medical issues can all arise from a sudden reaction and attempt to avoid a different type of injury. While you may feel particularly skilled after managing to avoid winding up on your backside when you accidentally found that patch of water on the smooth, tile floor, don’t be surprised if you start feeling the pain from the incident not long after.

3. Falling From Heights – While an object falling from a height can cause injury, a person falling from height almost certainly will cause one. Roofs, ladders, stairways, boxes, stools, and plenty of other devices can all lead to a potentially serious injury, particularly if the person using them isn’t paying attention. The most effective way to avoid these injuries is to simply be careful when using anything that takes your feet off the ground, whether one foot or a hundred feet. If necessary, use the proper safety equipment.

2. Falling Injuries – Believe it or not, you don’t even need to be at height for an injury to occur, and in fact it’s less common to be injured falling off of something than it is to simply fall due to the ground you’re already standing on. Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries are the second leading cause of injuries in the country, and it’s extremely easy for one of these injuries to occur unexpectedly. A small uncleaned spill or an extension cord running across a floor may seem innocuous but could cause a potentially major issue if it were to bring anyone down. Common fall injuries include broken bones, lacerations, and even concussions or severe trauma.

1. Overexertion Injuries – You’ve probably heard someone say the phrase “Don’t overdo it.” An overexertion injury is exactly what they’re referring to. Overexertion can be something as simple as working yourself to the point of fatigue and exhaustion, but more commonly refers to something in your body simply becoming too stressed and being damaged. Actions such as pulling, pushing, lifting, carrying, throwing, and more could all lead to an overexertion injury, and they can occur nearly anywhere on your body, including knees, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hands, and back amongst many other places. Muscle tears or strains, joint dislocations, and more could all be an overexertion injury, and they usually occur quickly, and in many cases very painfully.

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