10 Common Workplace Injuries
Workers' compensation attorney Mack Babcock lists the top ten ways Coloradoans are hurt on the job
Many employees are completely unaware of the injuries that can occur while on the job until a worst-case scenario happens to them or a coworker. Learning to identify workplace injuries (before they happen) can help employees avoid such an unfortunate event in the first place and take the proper steps to receive worker's compensation, while also avoiding situations that may cause future injuries.
Below is a list of the top 10 workplace injuries:
- Injuries Due to Overexertion – Overexertion may be defined as any type of bodily harm caused from excessive straining. Lifting, pulling, and carrying are all ways in which a person may injure themselves while on the job.
- Slips & Falls – Falls due to wet surfaces or objects obstructing walkways can cause serious harm. Employees injured by a slip, trip or fall may be entitled to worker's compensation. Signage should always be posted if a walkway is unfit for use.
- Falling from Elevated Positions – These falls are serious and often result in severe injury or death. When a worker falls from a higher level, it's a sign that the employer should have taken appropriate measures to keep their workers safe.
- Reactionary Falls – Even if a person doesn't fall to the ground, sometimes a person can be injured while trying to prevent themselves from hitting the floor. An injury from a reactionary fall can be just as debilitating as a fall to the ground.
- Falling Objects – Objects that fall from above pose a real threat to workers below the elevated area. Falling objects can cause head injuries and other such traumas. Employees should be well trained and have an awareness of other workers' locations while working on high platforms.
- Running into Hazards – Some injuries occur when a person runs into something such as a wall, metal machinery, glass, etc. Ensuring a safe workspace is an important part of preventing workplace injuries.
- Vehicle-Related Injuries – Some jobs require employees to drive or work around moving vehicles. If a worker is involved in a car accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, then he or she may be eligible for worker's compensation.
- Entanglement with Machinery – Workers who deal with heavy equipment and machinery may be at risk of entanglement. These injuries often occur when a person or their clothing get caught in the moving components of a machine.
- Injuries from Repetitive Motion – Many jobs require employees to do the same tasks over and over again. This constant strain may cause musculoskeletal injuries due to repeated movements. Employees should be aware of these risks and try to prevent such injuries by taking breaks often and/or switching up routines.
- Workplace Violence – Although not as common as the injuries mentioned above, workplace violence is another source of on-the-job injuries. In order to protect workers, employers should utilize preventative measures to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace.
Workers affected by work-related injuries should not hesitate to seek compensation. Understanding the process of how to file a worker's compensation claim can be done independently or with the help of one of the attorneys at The Babcock Law Firm. For more information about obtaining worker's compensation contact our law offices today.
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