You go to work every day to make money, not suffer an injury. However, workplace injuries do occur. Unfortunately, according to the data provided by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, workplace injuries can be fatal. OSHA reported in 2014, about 4,679 workers were killed on the job.
What can you do to protect yourself from suffering a workplace injury?
Whether you work in an office environment or construction, knowing the most common workplace injuries may help you to avoid an accident at work.
Common Workplace Injuries
The following are common injuries that occur on the job:
- Overexertion: This is a broad category, including injuries related to carrying, lifting, pulling, holding and throwing items at work.
- Falling on the Same Level: This injury refers to falling on a surface without elevation. For example, slipping on a wet office floor can cause injuries.
- Falling to a Lower Level: Falling from an elevated surface includes falling down stairs or from a ladder or roof.
- Bodily Reaction: This injury is caused by slipping or tripping at work without falling. You may not fall, but you suffer some kind of sprain or injury from trying to prevent a fall.
- Roadway Incidents: A roadway, or highway incident, causes an injury when you are injured in a car crash while conducting business.
- Struck by an Object: This is the most serious type of workplace injury. It occurs when an item falls from the shelves or something is dropped by another employee and hits you.
- Struck Against an Object: Unlike injuries caused by something dropping on you, this workplace injury happens when running into a wall, table, door or table.
- Violence and Assaults: Injuries from violent acts happen less frequently than other common workplace injuries. However, any time an employee must engage in a physical attack, injuries can happen.
- Compressed by Machinery: Handling sharp and large machinery is extremely dangerous when there’s possibility of getting caught between the equipment.
If you’re injured at work, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation.
Get the Help You Need When Injured at Work
When you’re injured at work, you feel overwhelmed and confused. Your medical bills need to be paid and you’ve lost income from the time you’re not able to work. You’re not alone. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez are here for you. Contact us at 702-388-4476 regarding your workplace injury and get the help you need.