Serious injuries that occur at work are far too common and the attorneys at Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky are here to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Most of the common injuries that happen in the workplace are random incidents that can happen to anyone at any time. It is important to be aware of these possibilities and stay as safe as possible while at work.
According to the leading insurance companies around the country, the top 10 reported injuries at work are the following:
- On-the-Job Violence
Employees attacking other employees because of office politics or other arguments have led to many serious physical injuries in the workplace. Employee training on workplace violence and employee’s watching out for suspicious activities can help prevent these incidents in some cases.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
These types of workplace injuries can be less obvious but more harmful in the long run. Repetitive motions like typing at a computer for extended periods of time can strain muscles and tendons, causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Proper use of ergonomic equipment by employees can help keep these incidents at bay.
- Machine Entanglement
This type of injury is common in factories where heavy machinery and equipment are used. Loose clothing, shoes, fingers and hair are all susceptible to machine entanglement when the proper precautions are not taken by employees. Protective equipment and attention to personal detail are crucial in preventing these types of injuries.
- Vehicle Accidents
For those who drive for business purposes, automobile accidents can often be the cause of workplace injury. Employee safe-driver training can reduce these kinds of incidents.
- Walking Accidents
If an employee happens to walk into a wall, door, cabinet, glass window, table, chair etc., injuries can occur. Employees must be aware but employers must also keep the work environment free of hazards to prevent these kinds of injuries.
- Falling Objects
Objects that fall from shelves or that are dropped by another person can cause serious injuries at work. Head injuries are common in this type of accident. Employee awareness and employers keeping the workplace free of hazards are keys to preventing these injuries from happening.
- Reaction Injuries
If you slip or trip without completely falling, this is considered to be a reaction injury. It is hard to predict or prevent these injuries but employee and employer awareness are important factors in reducing them.
- Falling from Heights
Some jobs such as roofing require employees to be elevated to various heights in order to complete tasks. A flip and fall or faulty equipment can result in employees falling from heights that cause serious injury. These injuries can be avoided through personal protection gear, training and employee awareness.
Wet and slippery floors or misplaced objects lying on the ground can cause employees to slip or trip at work. Attention to what’s going on around you is important and diligence by employers to keep a hazard-free workplace is a must.
- Overexertion Injuries
These include injuries pertaining to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying and throwing activities at work. Overexertion is consistently the most common workplace injury and can be reduced by employee safety training and employer awareness when assigning tasks.