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Work-Related Injuries: The Most Common Types of On-The-Job Accidents

On the job accidents

January 5, 2022 - Did you know that in 2020 there were over 2 million non-fatal workplace injuries? And while organizations like OSHA try to teach and inform workers about workplace dangers, there are still hundreds of accidents every day.

Do you know the most common on-the-job accidents? If not, we invite you to keep reading since we'll go through some non-fatal work-related injuries that occur on a daily basis.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Perhaps the most common injuries in the workplace are slips and falls. Fortunately, these injuries are usually minor, but some slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries like head trauma or broken bones. Here are the most common scenarios that may cause a slip and fall accident:

  • Cables or cords
  • Loose rugs
  • Wet floors
  • Uneven flooring
  • Inadequate lighting

As you can see, most of these scenarios are caused due to negligence on behalf of the employer. So if you are a victim of an accident and would like to take action, you'll need to understand the structure of personal injury lawsuits.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Some work accidents aren't the outcome of one significant act but repeated acts. This is why repetitive strain injuries are common among workers that perform the same task over and over on a day-to-day basis. For example, workers who repeatedly lift heavy objects may suffer from back pain, while office workers may begin to develop wrist strains from typing on the computer.

That's why many organizations encourage workers to take short breaks during their work hours to avoid repetitive strain injuries.

Falling Objects Injuries

Perhaps the most lethal accidents in the workplace involve falling objects. As you can imagine, warehouse and construction workers are the ones that are prone to these types of injuries. The injuries that can occur due to a falling object are the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts
  • Bruises

Of course, death is also a possibility since warehouse or construction workers handle heavy or sharp objects most of the time. That's why your employer should ensure that all of their employees have the necessary protective gear and equipment.

Motor Vehicle Injuries

If your job is to transport goods, then you are prone to motor vehicle injuries. These injuries can vary since it depends on the cause of the accident, but the most common injury is whiplash. The most common hazards that may cause a vehicle accident are:

  • Negligent drivers
  • Faulty equipment
  • Severe weather
  • Poorly maintained roads

Additionally, employees who work at a construction site may also be involved in a vehicle accident since dozens of construction vehicles like tractors or cranes are operating at a construction zone.

These Are the Most Common On-The-Job Accidents

As you can see, there are a lot of on-the-job accidents that can occur during your work hours. Of course, most employers try to uphold basic safety procedures, but accidents happen for one reason or another. So, always take the necessary precautions to protect yourself while you're on the job!

Did you find this post about workplace accidents interesting? If so, we invite you to take a look at our other accident-related articles since we're sure you'll find them interesting!

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