No matter how you are at work, there may be factors outside of your control that could lead to a workplace injury. According to the United States Bureau of Statistics, nearly 3.8 million American employees are injured on the job. Various experts contend that this number is actually far higher due to a lack of reporting. When you’re injured on the workplace, it can greatly affect your finances. It’s tragic then that most injuries could be avoided altogether by simply following safety precautions. Below are common causes of workplace injuries:
As your workload gets more demanding and time constraints get tighter, it’s easy to see how overexertion tops the list. Overexertion often leads to immediate physical injuries related to heavy lifting, and repetitive physical labor among others.
Slip and Fall Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most workplace injuries are caused by a slip and fall, accounting for over 20,000 injuries per year. Slip and fall injuries are often caused by wet or slick floors, uneven flooring, poor lighting and more.
Commonly the cause of head injuries, falling objects can be found in nearly any workplace, be it from faulty equipment or unstable fixtures holding up objects.
Related mostly to slip and falls, reaction injuries are caused by the instinct to break your own fall, such as putting your arms out or tensing up your body as you brace for a fall. These injuries typically include muscle sprains and bruising.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Jobs that consist of one primary function are often repetitive. From even the most basic tasks such as typing to repetitive motion on heavy machinery – muscle pain, aches, and carpal tunnel syndrome are all commonly associated injuries.
Be it using a ladder or working on the roof, falls from high distances are extremely common injuries in the workplace.
When injuries in the workplace occur, the results could be devastating – leading to catastrophic injuries, lost wages and more. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can assist help! We have extensive experience handling personal injury cases throughout New Jersey. Contact the Bramnick Rodriguez legal team today for a free initial consultation about your case.