What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
Oftentimes, when we think of workplace injuries, we tend to think of conventionally dangerous jobs, such as those that involve construction work. While these jobs certainly present a lot of dangers to employees, they are not the only ones. No matter where you sustained your injury, or what your occupation is, if you were performing work duties, you have a right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Below is a list of some of the most common workplace injuries sustained by employees in different occupations:
- Slips, trips, and falls: These accidents can happen in any occupation, especially when a work environment is cluttered or poorly maintained. Wet or oily surfaces, spills, loose rugs, uncovered cables, and even poor lighting are all common causes that are also preventable. Slip and fall accidents can lead to head and back injuries, broken bones, cuts, sprains, and pulled muscles.
- Getting caught or stuck in machinery: When employees are not properly trained to use machinery, it can become a major safety hazard. Body parts can get caught and flying objects can strike a worker in the face if he or she is not wearing protective gear. Many of the injuries that result from operating machinery on the job include crushed hands and arms, severed fingers, and blindness. To avoid these horrible injuries, it is crucial for employers to always provide appropriate protective gear and for employees to be well-trained and aware of necessary safety precautions.
- Vehicle-related accidents: For many, driving is part of their occupation, which presents the potential for accidents on the road. Much like any other accident on the roadways, drivers can suffer a vast range of injuries, depending on the severity of the accident.
- Fires and explosions: Faulty gas lines, improperly stored combustible materials, and poor pipefitting are just a few risk factors that could potentially cause unexpected explosions and fires in the workplace. These accidents could inflict damage on one’s respiratory system and cause burn injuries or disfigurement. While fires and explosions only account for 3% of all workplace injuries, they have the highest casualty rate.
- Repetitive stress injuries: Also referred to as wear and tear injuries, these injuries develop over time rather than in a single incident and are potentially debilitating. Repetitive stress injuries are commonly caused by improper lifting, manually lifting heavy objects, not taking enough necessary breaks, or even intensive keying. To prevent these injuries, workers who are required to perform tasks that might overexert them should also be required to take frequent short breaks that allow them to stretch and rest.
Dedicated Worker’s Compensation Attorneys in Orange County
If you sustained or developed an injury while performing your job duties, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. At Alvandi Law Group, P.C., our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience and a proven track record of success. Let us guide you through this process to ensure you get what you deserve.
Get started on your case today and call Alvandi Law Group, P.C. at (800) 980-6905 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.