Workplace injuries occur in a variety of ways over most types of occupations. They are not limited to intense physical work such as roofing or tree cutting but also affect employees with office jobs. Work injuries need not be life threatening to adversely affect your life and ability to earn a living. If an injury threatens to end your career or if you are not getting adequate compensation while recovering, don’t hesitate to get the advice of an experienced work injury lawyer.
Here are five common workplace injuries:
- Overexertion – Unlike limited exercise workouts that strengthen the body, physical exertion at work is a day long activity involving repetitive and excessive use of vulnerable parts of the anatomy such as the lower back. Lifting, pushing, pulling, and throwing objects of varying size and weight on a daily basis cause this kind of injury.
- Falls – Falls may occur as the result of slipping or tripping at one level and landing at the same level. Though the fall distance isn’t great, the injuries sustained can be severe depending on the nature of the fall and on whether the landing was complicated by other objects. Falls may also start at an elevated level where the landing occurs at a lower level. Falls often take place from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and cluttered or slippery floors.
- Machine Entanglement – Loose clothing, hair, and hands or fingers can get caught in moving parts of machinery. This happens in industrial settings as well as with machinery used outdoors such as wood chippers.
- Repetitive Motion – Repetitive motion causes injury to the muscles and tendons and can lead to a painful condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing, computer work, and other office work often causes this injury. Factory workers with jobs involving repetitive motion also suffer from this problem.
- Struck by an Object – This may happen when a worker without a hard hat is struck on the head by a falling object. Large, heavy objects falling from overhead shelves or lifting equipment can cause severe injury to the head as well as to other parts of the body.