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Most Common Work Injuries

While working conditions have improved throughout the years, dangers are still lurking in many industries. One worker is injured every seven seconds according to a comprehensive National Safety Council study, for example. Below is a list of the most common work injuries:

1. Slip-and-Falls

Certain activities often lead to wet surfaces. These include food processing, car washing, frozen-goods handling, and so forth. Adequate measures should be put into place to prevent slippage. Those who work in high places, such as construction workers, must also be protected against falls.  

2. Blunt Trauma

Other accidents are caused by blunt trauma to a vulnerable part of the body, such as the head. Plenty of workers compensation cases result from falling objects, such as cement blocks and tools, dropping onto unsuspecting people below. This is why everyone in a construction site must wear a helmet. Special training and heightened awareness can also reduce incidents.

3. Crashes

Sometimes workplace injuries results from collisions between people, vehicles, or both. For instance, those working in a port might operate forklifts to move cargo around the place. These forklifts might collide if there is poor visibility or mechanical failures. Operators must be properly trained and certified. The machines must be regularly maintained to ensure that vital components work as they should.

4. Hearing Loss

Problems may emerge even if there is no visible contact. For example, workers might begin to suffer from hearing loss if they are constantly exposed to loud noises. Those who operate jackhammers to break up pavement or rock are prone to this. Most of these cases occur in the manufacturing industries, particularly beverage, tobacco, metal fabrication, wood products, and chemicals.   

5. Machine Cuts

Also common are injuries brought about by the operation of a machine. These could be minor, such as shallow cuts and small bruises. They could also be severe, such as dismemberment, or even fatal. Anyone handling tools with sharp edges must be very careful to avoid harming his or herself and others. Workers must use safety equipment and adhere to standard procedures.

6. Repetitive Strain

For lots of people, work is the same every single day. Factory workers are assigned to a section of the assembly line to do specific tasks. With little variation in movement, the same muscles get overworked. Even white-collar workers in offices can develop repetitive strain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, if they type on a computer all the time.

7. Muscular Strains

Other strains can come from a single moment of massive stress. Individuals who are engaged in heavy lifting are highly susceptible to this kind of problem. This includes delivery personnel, baggage handlers, farm workers, and many more. When these workers lift a heavy item, they could break or strain their backs and be left immobile for a long time. Using proper form and technique is crucial. Training is necessary to reduce the likelihood of occurrence.

Workers who are injured during the performance of their duties may be able to receive compensation. Contact an experienced work comp lawyer, such as the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, to discuss the details.

Links

http://www.nsc.org/jseworkplacedocuments/infographic-injuries-bythe-numbers.pdf

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf