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What are the most common causes of work related injuries?

July 28, 2016 | Personal Injury Claims,Workplace Injuries

Any experienced lawyer in work related injuries 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.

What are the top causes of work related injuries?

> Falls
> Slipping/Tripping
> Physical Stress and Strain
> Machinery Accidents
> Workplace Violence

Common causes of workplace injuries explained:

  • 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.

Common Causes of Work Related Injuries

Training = Prevention

Time after time, 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 help prevent repetitive stress and strain as well as help reduce the risk of employees contracting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Enforcing a policy that requires workers to keep their work areas clean and tidy can help to prevent all kinds of falls, collisions, and falling object injuries.

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