Work Related Injury Attorney Lists Most Common Injuries

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Any experienced work injury lawyer can easily rattle off the most common types. A work-related injury can happen in any kind of job – not just those involving hard physical labor – but it’s no surprise that some professions carry more risk of bodily harm than others.

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A few examples of injuries that a work injury lawyer see most often include:


  • Falls
    One of the most common types of workplace injuries, a fall can happen on flat level ground that’s slippery, or from a height such as those encountered by construction workers.
  • Slipping/Tripping
    Even when a slip or a trip doesn’t result in a fall, the gyrations a body goes through to avoid hitting the ground can itself cause injury to joints, muscles, neck and spine, or cuts and bruises.
  • Physical stress and strain
    Heavy and prolonged pulling, pushing, throwing, lifting, and carrying are considered by many researchers to be the number one cause of workplace injury.
  • Machinery accidents
    Workplace injury lawyers often see workers who have had accidents with all kinds of machinery – construction machines and tools, manufacturing lines in a factory, or vehicles.
  • Workplace violence
    Unfortunately, anyone from an office worker to an oil rigger can encounter workplace violence. Conflicts can arise anywhere, anytime, and can abruptly escalate into physical violence—a disagreement over parking space, jealousy over a co-worker’s promotion, or frustration when a worker consistently misplaces others’ tools.


Training = Prevention

Time after time, workplace injury lawyers discover that if a company had properly trained its workers, injuries could have been prevented. For example, on-the-job violence can be averted by teaching conflict resolution and keeping lines of communication open. Ergonomic techniques and tools can prevent repetitive stress and strain. Enforcing a policy that requires workers to keep their work areas clean and tidy can prevent all kinds of falls, collisions, and falling object injuries.


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Common Scaffolding Accidents and How to Avoid Them

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), scaffolding accidents account for more than 50 deaths and thousands of injuries per year. The most common types of scaffolding accidents include:


  • Planking or support structure collapse
  • Slipping on a wet or slick surface
  • Getting hit by an unsecured object that falls to the ground
  • Electrocution


Prevention is Key

Employer compliance with OSHA standards could prevent most scaffolding accidents. For example:


  • Falls
    – Use guard rails and fall arrest systems.
  • Scaffold collapse or planking failure
    – Don’t overload the structure with people or equipment
    – Inspect the scaffold frequently to ensure proper construction and stability, particularly at the beginning of a shift and after changes to the scaffolding are made.
  • Falling objects
    – Use temporary barriers to keep workers from walking under a scaffold.
    – Use screens on the scaffold to keep tools and equipment from sliding off.
    – Use a net system under the scaffold to catch objects that might fall.
  • Electrocution
    – Keep the scaffolding a minimum assured distance from power lines.
    – If workers must be on a scaffold near power lines, the power to those lines should be turned off, or a cover installed to keep workers from coming in contact with live lines.


Worker Training and Awareness

Employers must also properly train employees who will be working on or around scaffolding. In particular:


  • Use and maintenance of lifelines and fall arrest systems, such as knowing what is and what is not a stable anchor point.
  • If a scaffolding surface is slick from water or other slippery substance, no one should walk on it until the water or spill is cleaned up.
  • Depending on what kind of scaffolding, lift, or suspension apparatus is being used, more than one type of fall prevention system may be needed. For example, a single-point scaffold requires a guard rail and a lifeline.


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