3 Common Workplace Injuries (And What To Do If You’re Hurt On The Job)
Regardless of industry, most people never think they’ll be seriously injured on the job. But in 2013, there were approximately 917,100 work-related injuries in the U.S. that required time off from work. These injuries can translate into lost wages and sky-high medical bills. In many cases, that’s where workers comp benefits come in. Still, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid a work injury in the first place. To that end, here are three of the most common injuries that occur in the job.
- Slips, Trips, and Falls: These incidents happen frequently, despite an employer’s best efforts. Wet floors, discarded items, or walkways covered in ice and snow can cause a worker to slip or trip and fall down, resulting in injury. Although this can happen to virtually any employee, security guards, retail workers, groundskeepers, and janitorial workers may be especially prone to these kinds of incidents. By keeping a sharp eye on your surroundings, being cautious in inclement weather, and making sure spills are cleaned up immediately, you may be able to prevent these accidents.
- Overexertion: When a worker pulls a muscle or has to extend beyond the normal range of joint motion (i.e., lifting, pulling, pushing, throwing, carrying, holding), this can result in serious injury. Factory workers, manual laborers, and construction workers are particularly prone to these injuries, but these incidents can happen to just about anyone. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor found that it’s the single most common workplace injury. It’s also one of the most expensive to treat, as it may require extensive physical therapy. Being in-tune with your own body’s capabilities can help you to avoid these incidents; don’t be overly confident about the amount of physical strain you can feasibly handle.
- Walking Into/Being Struck By Objects: If someone drops an object or it falls from a height, this can cause another worker to be struck and hurt as a result. Alternatively, walking or falling into a large object (like a wall, door, table, shelf, etc.) can result in a fairly serious work injury. These injuries can range from head injuries and broken bones to strains and bruises. Those who work in offices, factories, restaurants, and retail locations often sustain these injuries, but like the others, they can happen to almost any employee. If safety gear is required in your place of employment, be sure to wear it at all times. Keeping workplaces clean and free of hazards will help to prevent employee accidents, as well.
While some accidents are impossible to avoid, many can be prevented simply by being more aware of the risks. If you’ve sustained a work injury in spite of the precautions you’ve taken, you should consult a Tulsa workers compensation attorney right away. Your lawyer will guide you through the process and determine whether filing a workers comp claim will be appropriate for your situation.