The Most Common Workplace Injuries

The Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2018. Though it’s the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment, the truth is that random incidents can happen to anyone at any time. Some of these incidents might have more or less serious consequences for both the injured party and the company. With that being said, it’s important that employees are cautious and responsible while at work. 

The workplace contains many safety hazards which can potentially cause accidental injuries to employees. These are some of the most common types of injuries that employees can suffer in work environments.


Slips, Trips and Falls

Employees may slip on a wet or slippery surface, causing them to land on another person, object, or the floor. They can also stumble and trip over inappropriately placed objects in a corridor or walking surface. Ladders, improper footwear, stairways or roofs are typical risk factors for falls in the workplace. 

As a result of any of these incidents, workers can break bones, sprain their wrists, hit their heads, twist their ankles or suffer other painful injuries. In order to prevent these from happening, managers must make sure all floors, carpeting, and mats are even. It is also important to ensure that cables are covered, employees are provided with proper footwear and protection gear when needed, and that safety measures are taken to ensure there are no obstacles in place while working.

Machine Entanglement

Machine entanglement is a workplace injury that can occur in factories, construction sites or farms where heavy equipment and machinery are used. Clothing, shoes, hair, and fingers can easily get caught in everyday equipment if no precaution is taken. If body parts get caught or struck by exposed moving parts or flying objects from machines without protective guards,  the injuries can be disastrous: crushed arms and hands, severed fingers, blindness or worse. These incidents can be easily avoided if employees are properly trained, have protective gear, and are attentive while operating machinery.


Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion workplace injuries may be less obvious to the naked eye, but they are definitely harmful and painful in the long run. Everyday actions such as typing or clicking with the mouse can strain tendons and muscles causing wrist pain, backache, or carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries can be severe enough to inhibit simple activities with debilitating and crippling pain; so much so that they can even permanently impair a worker’s ability to perform his or her job. 

These work injuries can be prevented with proper ergonomic equipment and by allowing employees to take short breaks and rests from their tasks.   


Vehicle-Related Accidents

Employees who drive for business purposes are often injured in car accidents and some of those accidents can be fatal. They can also be run over, crushed by, or get stuck under an overturned vehicle on their way to the office. 

In order to prevent them, it is important that companies insist on good driving policies and employees are well trained.


Overexertion Injuries

Overexertion workplace injuries are injuries caused by heavy lifting, carrying heavy loads, pulling and pushing heavy objects, etc. These injuries contribute to productivity loss and millions of dollars being spent on health benefit payout costs. 


Fire and Explosions

Faulty gas lines, improperly stored combustible materials, open flames, explosions, and fires can cause serious workplace injuries. These injuries can include damage to the respiratory system, varying degrees of burns and even potential disfigurement. 

Injuries in the workplace caused by explosions and fires are quite common and they account for 3% of all injuries. In order to prevent them, OSHA has established a number of hazard communication standards that companies who use chemicals and flammable materials or explosives need to comply with. In addition, they recommend that material safety data sheets are kept on hand for all chemicals and that employees are required to wear protective gear at all times.


Preventing Injuries In the Workplace

Diligence, proper equipment, and training are the most effective and efficient ways that companies can protect their employees and prevent injuries from occurring. But it’s not enough. Safety needs to be considered in a holistic way; employees need to have access to protective gear and receive adequate training just as the organization needs to comply with environmental and federal regulations as well. So when necessary, identify and be aware of hazardous practices, equipment or infrastructure. Replace and fix where possible and train employees about workplace safety.

In order to succeed in this holistic consideration of workplace safety, both employees and managers need to be engaged and mutually collaborating in ensuring that any safety programs implemented are maintained and improved properly. It’s equally important that your workplace and business operations are analyzed in detail. Managers need to review company equipment regularly, talk to employees about their safety concerns and analyze any potential risk that comes with adding new equipment or tasks.


What To Do When A Workplace Accident Occurs

No matter how many workplace safety programs you implement or how well trained your employees are, workplace accidents resulting in injury can occur. Apart from calling for medical assistance immediately and receiving the medical care you require, victims should also call a workplace injury attorney. A lawyer with a solid background in workplace injury accidents will ensure that you, as a victim, receive the medical and legal compensation you require.

Understanding Burn Accident Injuries

Understanding Burn Accident Injuries

Burn accident injuries are very painful and usually require long and expensive treatment. If they are extensive or severe, victims can be left permanently disfigured or scarred, which can lead to both physical and psychological issues that affect the individual’s ability to maintain relationships, maintain employment, or keep healthy self-esteem.

Sometimes, these injuries are the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. In that case, victims are entitled to legal compensation. Discussing the case with an expert in burn accident injury claims can help them understand what the legal procedure is about and what kind of compensation they can expect to receive.

Not All Burn Injuries Are The Same

All burn injuries are painful but not all of them are caused by the same factors or have the same degree of extent. Understanding their differences is essential when looking for compensation.

Radiation Burns

Radiation burns occur from exposure to alpha, beta or gamma radiation. A tanning booth, a sunlamp or the radiation that cancer patients receive during treatment are common causes of this kind of burn accident.

Electrical Burns

Electrocution, either from a bolt of lightning or a wall outlet at home can cause electrical burns. Electricians and other workers exposed to high voltage machinery are especially vulnerable to this kind of burn.

Thermal Burns

These can be divided into four types: flash burns, flame burns, scald burns and contact burns.

  • Flash burn injury accidents are caused by brief exposure to intense heat from a fire. This usually happens as the result of an explosion of a flammable substance. Flash burns are common domestic kitchen accidents as when grease or oil falls on the stove.
  • Flame burns are similar but caused by prolonged exposure to intense heat and they are common in traffic and house accidents.
  • Scald burn injury accidents are the result of exposure to hot water or liquids. Boiling water poured on your skin, for instance, can cause a severe injury in only 3 seconds. Finally, contact burns occur when plastic, glass, coals or metals have been heated up and you accidentally touch them. They are often very deep and can occur in a domestic or industrial setting. Just think about how often you take hot pans from an oven or stove as you’re preparing dinner!
Chemical Burn Accident Injuries

Bleach, ammonia and other chemical substances that are often found in household cleaners, metal cleansers or swimming pool chemicals can cause severe burn injuries. Chemical burns are particularly dangerous as they can continue to cause damage even after washing off the dangerous chemical.

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Degrees of Burn Accident Injuries

According to the severity of the injuries and how deep the damage goes, burn injuries are classified by degrees. The higher the degree, the more serious the burn is.

  • First-Degree Burn Injuries
    They damage the first layer of the skin; as a result, it’s red, swollen and painful. Sunburns are typical first-degree injuries. They usually heal within a few days.
  • Second-Degree Burns
    They penetrate the second layer of the skin and even deeper. The skin reddens and blisters usually appear. They are usually the result of scald burns, chemical or flame burns and electrocutions. These burns can take weeks or months to heal and more often than not require treatment by a qualified medical professional.
  • Third-Degree Burns
    They are the most severe as they penetrate all layers of the skin and can reach bones, muscles, and tendons. Victims of third-degree burns require immediate medical assistance and they undergo several procedures, some of them painful. Third-degree burn injuries can leave victims permanently scarred or disfigured, or have chronic, painful injuries.

Burn Injury Accidents and Legal Compensation

There are different ways in which Scott J Senft and his team of experienced attorneys can help victims of burn accidents achieve the legal compensation they deserve. The attorneys that work side by side with Personal Injury Lawyer Scott Senft have a solid background in burn injury accident claims and can help you with them.

For instance, our burn injury lawyers can help you determine whether it is in your best interest to file an insurance claim or whether you should start a personal injury lawsuit. If the injury was caused during working hours or within a work environment, we can help you manage every aspect of your workers’ compensation claim.


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