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7 Common Workplace Injuries

| Nov 19, 2018 | Workers' Comp, Workplace Injuries |

Workplace accidents can occur at any time, even when workers are cautious and take necessary measures to make the work environment safer. Below, we discuss the most common injuries in workplaces across the country.

#1: Sprains, Strains, & Tears:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.9 out of 10,000 workplace-related injuries were caused by sprains, strains, and tears. Many of these injuries are caused by overexertion. 36% of sprain, strain, and tear injuries affect the back.

#2: Overexertion

Overexertion is responsible for 27 out of 10,000 total workplace injuries. Workers in the healthcare field tend to experience the most strain-related conditions that lead to overexertion injuries.

#3: Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal injuries make up 34.3 out of 10,000 on-the-job incidents. Common work-related musculoskeletal injuries include:

  • Back Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Reports of these injuries have increased among orderlies, nurses, and attendants in recent years.

#4: Soreness & Pain

Pain in the body, particularly the back, accounted for 13.3 out of 10,000 injuries. 11% of soreness and pain injuries required workers to recover at home or at an assisted living facility. Workers in the transportation and warehouse industries are particularly susceptible to these injuries.

#5: Cuts & Lacerations

Cuts and lacerations caused by work-related equipment is a common injury among workers. Workers in the recycling industry led in this injury category with 185.9 out of 10,000 reporting slices and dices that occurred at work.

#6: Fractures

Bone fractures make up 8.5 out of 10,000 reported workplace injuries. On average, employees with bone fractures require a 28 day period to recover from their injuries. Mining and construction workers have the highest risk of sustaining bone fracture injuries.

#7: Burns & Scalds

Workers in the food industry account for more scald and burn injuries that any other industry. The average amount of time employees have to take off from work to recover from a burn injury is eight days.

San Jose Workers’ Comp Lawyers

Have you experienced any of the injuries we have discussed while you were performing work-related duties? If so, you should get in touch with our law office to find out how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. With more than 25 years of experience, we have the skills and resources that you need to obtain a fair case result.

Call (408) 709-7317 today to set up a free consultation with one of our San Jose workers’ comp attorneys.