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Most Common Workers Comp Injuries and How to Avoid Them

After more than three decades of handling workers’ comp cases, we’ve learned a thing or two. Being hurt on the job can affect so many things – your ability to go back to work, loss of income, medical bills and more. It’s a stressful time for our clients and we understand how daunting the process can be. In a perfect world, workers’ comp is there to provide coverage to individuals who are injured on the job or have developed a work-related illness. However, we know that compensation does not always happen, which is why we’re here to help! If you’re not sure where to begin after being hurt on the job, you can refer to our post on 5 Steps to Take If You’ve Been Injured at Work. Through the years, we’ve noticed that there are four work-related injuries that occur more often than the rest:

Lifting, Pushing, & Pulling Injuries

A lot of injuries in the workplace occur from repetitive or improper movements. Overexertion is one of the top work-related injuries with 26.2 people per 10,000 full-time workers getting hurt this way. We have seen a lot of clients suffer from strains and sprains due to performing repetitive tasks. This can be a result of manually lifting heavy objects, not taking enough breaks, or not receiving adequate training to do your job.

Slip and Fall

Strains, contusions, sprains, tears and the list goes on. Slip and Fall accidents are the most common type of personal injury in the workplace. Poor lighting, a cluttered work area, and uneven surfaces are just a few of the factors that can cause this type of injury. Industries such as transportation, warehousing, and agriculture are some of the most affected by slip and fall injuries. Keeping a clean environment and being aware of your surroundings can help prevent an accident.

Lacerations

About 30% of workplace injuries involve cuts or lacerations. The majority of the time, those injuries occur in the hands or the fingers. Oftentimes, this kind of injury occurs from using an inappropriate tool, a tool in poor condition, or a machine with missing parts or improperly adjusted guards. While employers should establish procedures to control exposure to this type of injury, accidents happen. Make sure you are alert to what you are doing and keep body parts away from potential hazards at all times.

Burns

While fire and explosions in the workplace may seem unlikely for some, it can be more common than you think. Risk factors include faulty gas lines, open flames, or improperly stored materials. Not only can you become injured externally from this type of hazard, but you can also damage your respiratory system. Prevent an injury like this by wearing all safety and protective equipment required and making sure you have access to and are familiar with safety data sheets.

Heavy Machinery

If you work with or around heavy machinery, safety hazards can potentially be all around you. Whether you work in a factory, with farm equipment, construction equipment, or the like, it’s important to remain properly guarded. The best way to prevent injury in this scenario is to always remain cautious and keep in mind that an injury could occur at any time if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle-related accidents can happen in multiple scenarios. Whether you drive a tractor trailer, or operate another vehicle for work, paying attention to the road is key to avoiding injury. Make sure you always pay attention to road signs and the speed limit.

Repetitive Stress

A lot of injuries in the workplace occur from repetitive or improper movements. This can include manually lifting heavy objects, not taking breaks, or not receiving adequate training to do your job. Stay aware of your body and how it’s feeling during your shift to avoid unnecessary strains.

If you’ve been hurt on the job, the Philpot Law Firm can guide you through the workers’ comp process allowing you to focus on getting better. Our expert attorneys will handle the details of your case, including obtaining the medical care you need and recovering lost wages. The Philpot Law Firm fights for maximum South Carolina workers’ compensation insurance benefits for work injury victims.

Call the Philpot Law Firm for dedicated and personalized support with your Workers Compensation Insurance claim.