In New York and elsewhere, residents wake up on a weekly basis, heading to work. Whether one works par-time, full-time or overtime, a worker in any type of industry could face risks and dangers in the work environment. Just as a person working at a construction site at great heights faces workplace dangers, a person working in an office setting is also prone to encounter risks in the workplace.

Despite the fact that certain industries are more likely to cause employees harms in a workplace accident, the reality is that a worker could be injured in any setting. Take for example a small business. Both injuries and illnesses are possible in these settings, and it is important to be aware of the four most common types of workplace injuries that could befall a worker at a small business.

The most common type is overexertion and is a serious concern for small businesses because they are typically caused by employees handling object that are too heavy or are placed in a small space. Overexertion could lead to various injury types, such as back injuries, tears, strains and sprains. The next injury type is fall injuries. Whether a fall occurred on the same level, such as a slip or trip, or to a lower level, such as falling from a height, a fall in the workplace can be serious and result in injuries to the head, back, limbs and internal organs.

The next is illnesses in the workplace. Much like hazards in the workplace could lead to an accident, the work environment itself could impact the health of a worker. When a worker is dealing with dangerous materials or chemical, this could, over time, cause a serious illness due to the ongoing exposure. Finally, workers at a small business could suffer an object-related injury. This occurs when a person is struck with an object or collides with an object.

No matter the cause of a workplace injury or illness, it is important that a worker takes action. This may look like receiving the necessary medical treatment on top of understanding any legal steps he or she could take. Workers’ compensation may be possible. This benefit could help address medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.