Common Injuries from an On-the-Job Accident
- Posted on: Aug 30 2021
Employers do their best to ensure that no one gets hurt on the job. There are safety regulations they must follow, and many implement safety protocols that go above and beyond these required measures. However, no matter how vigilant an employer is, accidents can happen. Here are some of the most common injuries that those who are involved in an on-the-job accident often suffer.
Sprains, Bumps, Bruises, Fractures, and Broken Bones from Trips or Slips
Slip and fall accidents are very common. Sometimes they’re caused by things like power cables or slick floors, but other times they truly are accidents. It’s possible to step down wrong, causing your body to end up off-balance. At best, these accidents result in a few bumps and bruises. However, it’s not uncommon to sprain something or even fracture an ankle or wrist. At worst, you can end up breaking a bone or two.
Injuries Caused by Objects Falling on You
On the other hand, it’s also not uncommon to be injured from something falling on you. Many businesses store items on shelves or in upper cabinets that can come tumbling down. This could be anything from having a plastic coffee cup fall out of a break room cabinet to a heavy stack of books fall on your head. Again, the injuries do vary. You may walk away with a bump, or you could end up with a concussion.
If you do any type of lifting, even if it’s irregular or mostly light objects, you can still strain your muscles. Even if you don’t lift anything, you can get neck strain by constantly looking down or staying still for too long. Straining your back muscles can also happen if you don’t move around frequently.
Injuries Caused by Repetitive Motions
Injuries that are caused by repetitive motions often don’t come on suddenly. Instead, they slowly occur over time. However, that doesn’t mean that they are not a work-related injury or that they’re not covered by worker’s comp—they are. These injuries include things such as carpal tunnel, degenerative arthritis, and tendonitis. If you believe you’re beginning to experience one of these injuries, you need to take steps to change your work habits. By taking breaks and using the proper equipment, you may be able to reduce or eliminate the injury before it becomes serious.
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