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3 of the Most Common Workplace Injuries

Getting hurt at work can be one of the most frightening experiences to endure because such injuries can cause significant uncertainty and doubt. However, it’s important to note that your employer cannot lawfully fire you because of your injuries.

In the workplace, certain injuries are more common than others. Below, we’ve outlined the three most common injuries sustained in the workplace.

#1 - Overexertion and Bodily Reaction

These types of injuries include:

  • Non-impact injuries
    • These injuries are the result of excessive physical effort toward an outside source. Injuries of this nature are commonly sustained due to:
      • Lifting
      • Pushing
      • Turning
      • Holding
      • Carrying
      • Throwing
  • Repetitive motion injuries
    • These are small, consistent tasks that result in stress or strain on certain areas of the body because of the task’s repetitive nature, usually without strenuous effort, such as heavy lifting.

#2 - Slips, Trips, and Falls

These kinds of injuries typically include:

  • Slips and trips without falling
    • Injuries that occur when you catch yourself from falling due to a slip or trip.
  • Falling on the same level
    • These injuries include:
      • Tripping,
      • Slipping,
      • Falling while sitting, and
      • Falling onto or against an object on the same plane.
    • Falling to a lower level
      • These injuries include:
        • Falling from a structure that is collapsing.
        • Falling through surfaces.
        • Falling from ladders, roofs, scaffolding, or other planes.
    • Jumping to a lower level
      • These types of injuries differ from falls as they are controlled and deliberate.

#3 - Contact with Objects and Equipment

Injuries of this nature often include the following:

  • A mobile object strikes a worker
  • A worker strikes against another object or piece of equipment, including:
    • Bumping into,
    • Stepping on,
    • Kicking, or
    • Being pushed or thrown on an object.
  • A worker’s body part is harmed due to any of the following:
    • Being squeezed,
    • Pinched,
    • Compressed,
    • Crushed by equipment,
    • Crushed between shifting objects,
    • Caught between stationary objects, or
    • Stuck in a wire or rope.
  • A worker’s body is:
    • Struck,
    • Caught, or
    • Crushed in a collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
  • A worker sustains injuries due to friction or pressure between the person’s body and something else.
  • A worker injured due to vibration.

If you’ve been hurt at work, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys want to help you recover it. Don’t hesitate to call our office right away with any questions you may have.

Contact the experienced lawyers at Caddell Reynolds Law Firm by calling (800) 889-6944 or filling out an online contact form today.

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