Work and injuries have an unfortunately close relationship. Despite measures
being taken to reduce the chances of an injury nearly across the board,
millions of people are hurt on the job every year in the United States.
According to the
Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, this leads to businesses in the U.S. spending more than a billion dollars
a week on non-fatal workplace injuries. Preventing these injuries is a
two-way street: both employers and workers should learn about these most
common causes of injuries and take steps to avoid them. Here are the top
five causes for the year 2016, as determined by Liberty Mutual.
#5: Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions ($4.15 billion, 6.7% of injury burden)
This category includes actions like twisting, bending, climbing, stepping,
kneeling, reaching, crawling, and other actions like this. While these
may seem trivial to some, to other people, especially those who have to
do them regularly over the course of a work day, they can be a source
of great pain, particularly when they can’t recover in time.
#4: Struck By Object or Equipment ($5.31 billion, 8.6% of injury burden)
Do you store things on shelves? What about work with tools? Do you have
a door in your workplace? If you answered yes to any of these questions
(which you probably did), you could be at risk for this type of injury.
Workers are struck by objects all the time, and these strikes can cause
serious injuries. For example, a worker on a ladder drops a wrench they
were using onto the head of another worker who was holding their ladder
steady. Workers should remain vigilant at all times to ensure that their
equipment, materials, tools, or other objects don’t get away from
them and potentially cause an injury.
#3: Falls to a Lower Level ($5.40 billion, 8.7% of injury burden)
This type of injury includes a fall from any sort of height, such as falling
off a ladder or box while working. While they are somewhat rare, these
injuries can cause extremely painful injuries that take a substantial
amount of time to recover from. It’s important to make sure all
workers who use equipment like a ladder or stool to reach a higher level
follow strict rules undergo thorough training to learn the best safety
practices, and you as an employer enforce these rules stringently.
#2: Falls on Same Level ($10.7 billion, 16.4% of injury burden)
These are falls that do not occur from any height, but can more closely
be compared to a slip and fall or trip and fall injury. Do you have a
wet floor that a worker can slip and fall on? What about a loose extension
cord that is not properly taped to the floor and indicated for visibility?
These are all serious hazards that could result in one of these common
injuries. Keep your floors clean and dry and make sure any spill or trip
hazards are promptly dealt with to reduce your risk for one of these injuries
as quick as possible.
#1: Overexertion Involving an Outside Source ($15.08 billion, 24.4% of
This is the undisputed king of workplace injuries. Does your job involve
lifting something? What about pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects?
If you hurt yourself while doing any of these motions, you could be eligible
to receive compensation for an overexertion claim. These injuries come
in a wide variety of severities, but are so common that they compose nearly
a quarter of the workplace injury financial burden.
If you have been injured at work, you should not hesitate to take up your
case with a Stuart injury lawyer. Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein and her team at
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates proudly standup to protect the rights of injured workers across Martin
and St. Lucie Counties. When you are injured on the job, it’s easy
to become emotionally overwhelmed and not want to have to deal with the
stress of the legal system after filing a claim. Our team is dedicated
to your success and will relentlessly pursue your best interests and the
optimal outcome to your case.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates today at 866.675.4427 and start pursuing your compensation.