Workplace injuries are a concern for both employees and employers. Workers in the U.S. suffer a variety of types of injuries while on the job. If you are hurt while on the job you may be unable to work for a period of time and might face financial difficulties as a result. Most employees are protected by workers’ compensation and can file a claim to receive medical and financial support during the recovery period. It is helpful to be aware of the most common types of injuries that occur at work and how they can be prevented.
Common Types of Workplace Injuries
Every year, Liberty Mutual Insurance publishes an Insurance Workplace Safety Index. This index utilizes data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance. According to the report, the top three most common types of serious, non-fatal workplace injuries are overexertion, falls on the same level and falls to a lower level. These three types of injuries comprise about half of all workplace injuries reported.
Other serious injuries can be caused by bodily reactions such as bending or reaching and being struck by an object. Overexertion commonly occurs when a worker tries to do too much or attempts to perform a task without help. Falls on the same level happens when someone trips, slips and falls to a lower level happen on stairs, ladders or scaffolding.
Preventing Common Workplace Injuries
Employers are required to provide a safe workplace for their employees. However, there are some things that employees can do to help stay safe at work. Never take part in any activity that seems unsafe. If you are working on a ladder it should always be safety-approved and you should have a second employee holding it.
Lifting heavy objects must be done properly by bending at the knees. Items that are too heavy require more than one person. The floor and walkways must be kept free of debris and clutter to avoid falls. If there is a water or liquid spill it must be immediately cleaned. If a hazardous condition exists the area should be cordoned off and a sign should warn people of the danger.
If something seems unsafe you should not take part in the task and the condition should be reported to a supervisor. It is important to keep safety in mind at all times while working and refrain from horseplay or other actions that could cause an accident. It is important to note, however, that even if you participated in an action that caused your injury you may still be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation cases can be complex. If you were hurt at work you know that you could face financial hardship if you are not able to quickly go back to your job. Contact the experienced legal team at The Bader Law Firm to learn how we can help protect your rights and assist you in obtaining the money you need during this difficult time.