Have You Been Injured On the Job?
Sadly serious workplace injuries happen far too often. In 2010, over 4,500 American workers were killed on the job. Millions more suffer serious non-fatal injuries. Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, 3.3 million people suffer a workplace injury from which they never recover. These injuries that disable our workers, devastate families and damage our economy. Out of the most common workplace injuries, most could happen to anyone at any time. It is not only the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, the employee needs to themselves to take caution when on the job.
Here are the top 10 reported worker’s compensation injuries as listed by the top insurance companies.
- Overexertion Injuries- This is not only the most commonly cause for injury it is also the most expensive. According to the 2008 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion incidents account for $3.4 million in benefit costs annually.
- Slipping/Tripping- The number two cause of workplace injuries. Attention to what is going on around them is required of employees and employers. Guideline to ensure spills are promptly cleaned up and no debris is present can help greatly reduce this type of injury.
- Falling from Heights- These type of accidents can be reduced by the use of proper personal protection gear and training to use them properly.
- Reaction Injuries- These are caused by slipping and tripping without falling. These can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues.
- Falling Object Injuries- This is items falling or being dropped onto an employee. Proper protection and training can help reduce this type of injury.
- Walking into injuries- Keeping work areas clear and items properly stored can reduce this type of injury.
- Vehicle Accidents- Employee safe driver training and safe driving policies are likely to reduce accident.
- Machine Entanglement- Clothing, shoes, fingers and hair are near everyday equipment so protective equipment and attention to personal details are necessary to avoid these incidents.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries- Employee training and the proper use of ergonomic equipment can help keep these incidents low.
- On the Job Violent Acts- Workplace violence employee training and employee diligence in watching out for suspicious activities can help keep those incidents at bay.
Training, diligence and proper safety equipment are instrumental to reducing workplace accidents and injuries. Education is what takes workplace safety to the next level. We all need to work together to make sure workers come home safely.
If you have been injured on the job and wonder if you have a case contact Horwitz Law Group for a free consultation! If we don’t win your case, our services are absolutely free!