Causes & Types of Injuries You Could Suffer When on the Job

by NPHM | May 22nd, 2020

Injuries can happen at any time and in any profession from a construction worker, healthcare provider, or rancher and farmer. Of course, some jobs have higher risk of injuries than others, but the same types of injuries occur. Therefore, workers’ compensation benefits are put in place to protect those who suffer from work-related illnesses or injuries. These benefits are designed to cover lost wages, loss of future earnings, vocational rehabilitation expenses, and medical bills.

Six Top Causes of Injuries on the Job

  • Lifting is the most common cause of injuries. Helpful tip is to avoid bending, reaching and twisting with your back when lifting.
  • Slip/fall injuries are almost as common as lifting injuries. Helpful tip is to just use good housekeeping practices such as cleaning up anything that spills or making sure tools are put away.
  • Machine injuries occur primarily on manufacturing job sites. Helpful tip is to be aware of moving equipment/objects in your work area.
  • Lacerations injuries usually occur when a machine, tool or part has sharp edges. Helpful tip is to wear the proper personal protective equipment.
  • Other employees can cause injuries. Being educated and aware of the work environment will help reduce injuries.
  • Repetitive injuries are caused when you perform the same tasks over and over. Helpful tip is to take frequent short breaks to give your muscles a rest.

Five Types of Injuries in the Workplace

  • Strains and Sprains
  • Cuts or punctures
  • Contusions
  • Inflammation
  • Fractures

“Proactive employers can reduce the frequency at which employees are injured on the job. However, injuries can still happen regardless of fault,” says Benjamin P. Wiborg, Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy trial attorney.

Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Having a proactive employer can prevent some of these injuries from occurring and keeps their employees safe and on the job. At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Cleveland workers’ compensation attorney can assist you with making sure your rights are protected. Fill out a free initial consultation form or call (216) 230-6352.