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The Most Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

Did you know that exposure to harmful substances, overexertion, bodily reaction, as well as trips, slips, and falls account for over 75% of nonfatal workplace injuries? Let us dive deeper into these three causes of workplace injuries.

Exposure to Harmful Substances

This type of injury is caused by things such as exposure to electricity, exposure to radiation and noise, exposure to contagious diseases, and more. This type of injury affects about 43.5 people per 10,000 full-time workers. The group who is at the highest risk for this type of injury is health care and social assistance.

Overexertion, Bodily Reaction

This often consists of non-impact injuries resulting from excessive physical strain from things such as lifting, pushing, turning, holding, carrying, or throwing. It can also be caused by a repetitive motion putting too much strain on a certain part of the body. The most frequently hurt part of the body is the back. This affects about 26.2 people per 10,000 full-time workers. The industries which are at the most risk are the transportation and warehousing industries.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

These can either happen with, or without falling. Often, injuries can occur when a worker catches themselves and does not physically fall. Other times, workers physically fall either on the same level, onto a lower level, or by jumping to a lower level. The most common injuries that come from these accidents are sprains, strains, and tears. Slips, trips, and falls affect about 21.7 people per 10,000 full-time workers. The industries at the highest risk for these accidents are transportation, warehousing, and agriculture.

Workplace injuries are no joke. They can cause workers to take time off, lose money, and affect their personal lives. If you or a loved one has experienced a workplace injury, an experienced attorney can help you pursue the benefits and compensation you deserve.