In 2019, 2.8 million workers in the U.S. suffered from an injury on the job.
That number may seem high, but the amount of injured workers has fallen by 75% over the past 40 years. Workplaces are generally safer than they were a few decades ago.
Despite safety laws, inspections, and training, work injuries still happen.
Luckily, knowing about the most common injuries can prevent accidents. Read on to learn about common injuries at work so you can protect yourself.
1. Back Injuries
Whether you work in a warehouse or a restaurant, slips and falls are some of the most common workplace accidents. Since people often fall backwards, back injuries are the most common injury.
Back sprains, herniated disks, or fractures are just some of the spinal issues you could face. Work-related back problems are a very common reason for workers comp claims.
2. Bone Fractures
Bone fractures are another common workplace injury. They could happen during a driving accident on the job, from a fall, or due to contact with equipment.
If you think you might’ve broken a bone, make sure you get an x-ray as soon as possible. This is a key step in getting a proper diagnosis and treatment, as well as your workers comp claim.
3. Hand Injuries
Hand injuries can include everything from cuts and scrapes to puncture wounds. They’re a common injury in restaurants and any workplace that uses sharp tools or equipment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is another potential injury in workers who use repetitive movements like typing, assembly, or sewing.
If you’re concerned, revisit your safety training or talk to your supervisor. They may be able to provide cut-proof gloves or offer refresher courses on safety protocols.
4. Concussions and Brain Injuries
Falling objects or tools can lead to brain injuries like concussions or traumatic brain injuries. That’s why hard hats are required by OSHA in any situation where there’s a potential for falling objects.
If you or a coworker has a potential head injury, make sure they go to the ER right away. Even if they think they’re fine, it’s safest to get a medical evaluation and the necessary tests.
Delaying treatment for a head injury can lead to further damage.
5. Exposure to Toxins
Toxic chemicals like asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead, and mercury can lead to serious health damage over time. Some chemicals like carbon monoxide carry an immediate risk.
While some jobs like construction, lab workers, or chemical manufactures carry a larger risk, toxic exposure is possible in any workplace. If you think there’s a toxin in your workplace, talk to your supervisor or report it.
If you’ve noticed a change in your health, talk to your doctor to rule out any other causes.
Protect Yourself From These Work Injuries
No matter your workplace, work injuries are possible. Follow your training as best you can to keep yourself safe.
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