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Eight Common Reasons for Workplace Injuries

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Eight Common Reasons for Workplace InjuriesThough some occupations have a higher risk of injuries, workplace injuries can occur at any job and to any worker. Educating employees about workplace safety is important at every job, even in an office where employees do no physical labor. Avoiding workplace injuries requires everyone to be aware of their surroundings and their own physical limitations. Here is a list of the eight most common work-related injuries that result in employees filing workers’ compensation claims:

  1. Overexertion: The most common cause in almost every study, overexertion occurs when someone hurts a muscle or joint when attempting to move an object. Lifting an object that is too heavy can cause someone to tear, strain, or sprain his or her muscles. This is most common in labor-intensive occupations but can occur in an office when someone is moving office supplies and equipment.
  2. Falls: Slippery surfaces and obstacles on the ground can cause people to slip or trip, with the impact with the ground possibly causing contusions, lacerations, or bone fractures. Most falls occur on a flat surface, but more severe incidents may involve falling from a height, such as falling off a ladder or down a flight of stairs.
  3. Bodily Reactions: Unnatural bodily movements can cause strains and tears to muscles, such as bending, crawling, twisting and climbing. For instance, a person may prevent him or herself from falling but injure a muscle in the process of doing so.
  4. Struck By Object: Employees can suffer injuries when objects fall on them or are propelled into them. Conversely, an object can contribute to an employee’s injuries if he or she falls onto or runs into it. There are numerous objects that can cause harm in construction and retail jobs, but office workers also must watch for doors that suddenly open in a hallway.
  5. Vehicle Accidents: Any injuries from a traffic incident that occurs when an employee is driving as part of his or her work duties qualifies as a workplace injury.
  6. Machinery Accidents: Some jobs require workers to use heavy and potentially dangerous machinery. Accidents can occur in which an employee gets caught in or crushed by the machinery, resulting in severe injuries.
  7. Repetitive Motion: The process of repeating the same movement can cause conditions such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. However, it is more difficult to prove these as workplace injuries because the effect is cumulative.
  8. Workplace Violence: Incidents of people attacking their coworkers are rare but garner greater attention when they do occur. Unfortunately, workplace violence has the potential to end in fatalities instead of injuries.

Receiving Compensation

Workplace injuries can require you to seek expensive medical treatment and cause you to miss time at work. A McHenry County workers’ compensation attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you obtain the compensation you need. To schedule a free consultation, call 815-338-3838.



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