When one thinks of a workplace accident, he or she is likely imagining a serious incident that involves a worker falling from a great height, a worker being crushed by a machine or a worker driving for work getting involved in a car crash. While severe, violent and fatal accidents do happen in the workplace, these are not the most common types of workplace incidents. In fact, it was found that most workplace injuries are the result of common missteps.
What are the most common workplace injuries? Much like the wrong types of workplace accidents come to mind, many think that some workplace accidents are more common than not. To begin, the most common injury include sprain, strains and tears. The incident rate of these injuries is 36.3 per 10,000 full-time workers, and on average, a worker suffering this injury misses 10 days from work. This injury is followed by non-specified injuries and disorders, such as soreness and swelling, which occurs at a rate of 20.3 per 10,000 workers. The third is contusions, occurring at a rate of 8.8 per 10,000 workers.
This is followed by fractures, lacerations, concussions, puncture wounds and heat burns. These types of injuries may not come to mind initially, these are injuries that many workers experience each year. Additionally, these are injuries that are frequently suffered because of a misstep.
Following a workplace accident, it is not only important to understand how it occurred and what injuries were suffered, it s vital to explore what options the injured worker might have. Workers’ compensation benefits can be very resourceful. This could help offset medical bills, lost ages and other loses suffered.