Workplace injuries are not an uncommon thing within the working world. With the rampant growth of multiple diverse industries, workplace injuries have been on the rise over the past few years. Everything fromindustrial accidents to crashes while on the road contribute to injuries while on the job, and some are not as difficult to understand as it might seem. To put it into perspective, here are the top five frequent causes of workplace injuries within the past few years of data. Keep in mind; this is relative to how much is paid out for such injuries in terms of compensation and reimbursement from employers, so they are rough estimates.
1. Overexertion due to outside sources.
This category makes up for about 23% of workplace injury compensations, and it comprises injuries incurred by doing such tasks as lifting, pulling, pushing, or holding objects on the job. It is very easy to misgauge your physical abilities and often push the limits. If an employee is asked to perform a physical task, that employee may agree thinking he or she can handle it. However, he or she can just as easily do long-term damage to their bodies.
2. Falls on the same level.
This category holds about 17.7% of compensations. Falls on the same level refers to injuries from slipping or falling on a surface that is on the same level. This includes such injuries such as falling on a factory flooring, or slipping on pavement. Think of the wet floor sign outside a recently cleaned bathroom. If that sign is not present or ignored, an employee can get seriously injured.
3. Falls on a lower level.
This group is about 9.2% of injuries, and refers to falls that go from an upper level to a lower level. This is a much more severe form of fall than to the same level, and it has a higher chance of resulting in death. Imagine stepping off a ledge or falling down a flight of stairs, resulting in a very serious injury.
4. Struck by an object or equipment.
This category is around 7.4% of workplace injury compensations, and, as the category’s name implies, it refers most to all to incidents involving being struck by an object or equipment while at work. This can involve many things, from getting hit by a vehicle on the job to having a box fall and land on a person.
5. Other exertions or bodily functions.
This category covers around 6.5% of compensations. Other exertions or bodily functions usually referred to cover most of what overexertion or falls do not. Such things as muscle strains and the like are covered in this portion.
These are just a few of the categories that are covered within the top five. Other categories that can be seen as major risks are injuries due to repetitive motions such as computer work, being caught in equipment or objects, as well as slipping or tripping without falling. Although they do not take up as large a portion as the ones listed above, they are still quite important for employers to think about and should be kept in mind. If you have experienced an injury in any of these fields or others on the job, don’t hesitate to contact us today for your free case evaluation.