Workplace injuries can happen at any time, and in any kind of job. Millions of workers are injured on the job in the United States. While these injuries can range from mild to severe, almost all end up resulting in heavy medical costs and lost wages for employees. Workers’ compensation can help injured workers by providing medical care, physical rehabilitation, reimbursement for lost wages, and even vocational rehabilitation if the nature of an injury prevents a worker from returning to his former job. While many on-the-job injuries are the result of workplace hazards, others stem from simple overexertion. Knowing the most common types of work-related injuries and their causes may help to prevent you from being injured on the job.
Common Causes and Types of Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries can be caused by any number of factors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips and falls, overexertion, repetitive motions, contact with machinery or objects, and exposure to toxic or flammable substances are among the most causes. The most common types of workplace injuries are:
- Muscle sprains and strains;
- Torn ligaments;
- Spinal injuries, such as ruptured and herniated discs;
- Bone fractures;
- Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds;
- Traumatic head injuries;
- Heat and chemical burns;
- Bruising and contusions;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome; and
Preventing Working Injury
According to the United States Department of Labor, over 6 million workers are injured on the job each year. Workplace injuries end up costing employers over $125 billion, and these injuries can end up being life altering and even fatal. Ten percent of workers are killed as the result of on-the-job injuries, and over 60,000 workers each year die due to being exposed to workplace hazards. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that could result in injury or death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has statutory regulations and guidelines employers must follow to prevent workplace injury. These include:
- Providing proper maintenance and repairs on tools and machinery;
- Providing proper employee training prior to assigning new tasks;
- Keeping detailed records of work related injuries and taking the appropriate steps to remove or address known hazard;
- Setting realistic goals for worker performance, and providing adequate break and rest times;
- Ensuring workers have access to medical care and treatment; and
- Posting OSHA materials that notify workers of their rights.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you have suffered an on-the-job accident resulting in injuries, contact our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we’ll fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to for medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation. On-the-job injuries can have a devastating impact on your ability to provide for and support your family. Call (407) 377-0733 to arrange a free consultation.