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Top Causes of Workplace Injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2017 | Workers' Comp |

Workplace injuries are far too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015, which is over 93 fatalities a week or more than 13 deaths every day. However, there are those injuries that occur more frequently than others.

The following are the top 10 causes of workplace injuries:

  1. Overexertion – Injuries related to overexertion include lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, and throwing activities on the job.
  2. Slip and falls or trip and falls – They occur mainly due to wet and slippery floors, as well as floors littered with debris or wires.
  3. Falls from heights – This type of injury occurs from an elevated area, such as ladders,roofs, and stairways.
  4. Reaction injuries – Frequently caused by slipping or tripping without falling, resulting in muscle injuries and body trauma.
  5. Falling objects – Whether the objects fall from shelves or dropped by another individual, injuries related to falling objects are often serious, despite the amount of protection to the head.
  6. “Walking into” injuries – This occurs when an individual accidentally runs into concrete objects, including doors, walls, glass, cabinets, tables, or chairs.
  7. Vehicle accidents – Workers who drive for business purposes are typically injured in auto collisions, which can be fatal.
  8. Machine entanglement – Often happening in factories where heavy machinery and equipment are used, parts of the body and even clothes can get entangled and cause serious injuries.
  9. Repetitive motion injuries – Actions such as typing or using the computer all day can strain the muscles and tendons, resulting in back pain, vision issues, and carpel tunnel syndrome.
  10. Violent acts on the job – Arguments resulting in attacks have led to serious injuries.

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