Millions of American workers will experience an
on-the-job injury each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has
created many rules to help prevent this number from growing but there
will always be human error that leads to mistakes, or negligent employers
that promote unsafe working conditions. If you want to do your part in
keeping yourself and others at your job safe and sound, it helps to know
what sort of injuries are the most common, what causes them, and what
can prevent them.
The five most common
workplace injuries, in no particular order, are:
Falls: Falling off a high place, such as when working on a
construction zone, or slipping and tumbling down stairs or on slick tiling are very common
workplace injuries. In order to prevent broken bones, head injuries, or
worse, every precaution available must be taken to stop slip and fall
accidents. Report any rickety railing or broken steps you see at work,
and always use a harness if you are required to climb a structure during
Muscle tears: Lifting and carrying heavy objects is a common requirement of many jobs, such as
retail work; and so, back injuries, muscle tears, and other harm caused by overexertion
is also common. Workers must be allotted ample break times and supplied
with plenty of water whenever they perform physical labor, or else they
could be susceptible to serious injury.
Repetitive motion injury:
Office workers are painfully aware of how harmful and debilitating a repetitive motion
(RMI) injury may be. One of the most frequently occurring forms of RMI
is carpal tunnel, which is caused by hours of typing a day. Other seemingly
safe and insignificant activities can eventually cause nerve, tendon,
and joint pain.
Illness: In essentially every occupation, there exists the threat of catching a
serious illness. Nurses and doctors in particular are regularly exposed
to harmful bacteria and diseases that can cause life-threatening complications.
Diseases can also be caused by exposure to dangerous substances in the
workplace, such as asbestos, lead, or radioactive materials.
Traffic accidents: A worker who must leave the office or worksite as part of their occupation
can be severely injured in a
car accident. If the travel was required for their job, or if they were on-the-clock,
workers’ compensation should be rewarded to take care of them.
food delivery couriers, and taxicab drivers are particularly at risk of being hurt in a
car accident while also earning a paycheck.
Did you or a loved one suffer a serious accident while at work and now
need to worry about paying your bills? You shouldn’t have to!
Contact Albuquerque Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael J. Doyle for
a professional lawyer’s support when you file for workers’
comp. We operate on a no recovery, no fee basis, meaning you are not expected
to pay us unless you wind up with the settlement, verdict, or benefits
you require. Call
505.219.2176 today for more information.