Workplace injuries are incredibly common — some jobs are more reliant on physical labor and may be considered more dangerous, but even office jobs, considered to be more sedentary, carry a great deal of risk for injury. Here are some of the most common ways to be injured on the job:
- Overexertion — Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, Twisting, Carrying
One of the most common injuries from the workplace are from a person overexerting themselves by lifting or carrying items or people. These injuries can range from minor to severe, with the back being one of the most common areas affected according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). These can also be some of the most expensive and you’ll want to seek legal counsel from an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Mailwaukee WI if you hurt your back on the job.
- Slip and Fall
It is incredibly easy to slip on a wet floor or trip over debris, which is why employers must make sure spills and messes are cleaned and cleared away. Even one slip can cause severe injuries, requiring surgery or even death. One of OSHA’s most common statistics includes that in 2015 4,836 workers died — that’s more than 13 deaths every day. Being aware of potential hazards can not only save a twisted ankle, but a life.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
RSIs can be annoying in the short-term but terribly painful in the long-run. Constantly doing repetitive motions can lead to minor sprains which can turn into major surgery. Being aware of posture and how much time is spent doing repetitive motions can help break you out of your routine. While carpal tunnel is usually the most cited of RSIs, injuries to the elbow, neck, and back are incredibly common.
Training, diligence, and the use of proper equipment can help to decrease the amount of workplace injuries. But if you’ve been injured while at work, you deserve to be compensated. Contact Hickey & Turim, S.C. for a free consultation either by phone at 262-797-6677 or by filling out a quick and free case evaluation form here.