If you’ve suffered injuries at work, you might be able to claim without realizing it. But if it’s never happened to you before, you might not know what counts as a workplace injury.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on to learn more about the most common work related injuries.
What is a Work Place Injury?
Workplace injuries are any illness, condition, or injury that you during employment. The federal OSHA definition is most often applied.
OSHA (Office of Safety and Health Administration) considers it to be an event or exposure in the workplace. This will have caused or contributed to the injury. Or it will have had a significant impact on aggravating an existing condition.
OSHA also ask employers to determine if it was a recordable injury. And if so, to place it on the OSHA 300 injury log within 7 days. Recordable injuries are ones that involve:
- Loss of consciousness
- 1+ days off work excluding the day of injury
- Restricted workdays
- Medical treatment beyond first aid
Now, let’s look in more detail at the most common types of workplace injuries.
Slipping, Tripping, and Falling
Whatever the workplace, an office, or a factory, you’ll encounter slippery surfaces. It’s not an unrealistic possibility that you’ll slip at some point in your career.
If you’re working at height, falls from ladders are common. Falling from scaffolding and platforms are also dangerous. It’s important that your workplace has the proper protocol in place.
Straining your muscles is common in the workplace. Especially for those working in a job where they need to lift heavy objects often. Back and neck strain, in particular, are very common.
These injuries are easy to avoid with basic training provided by your employer. They should train you up on the proper lifting techniques you’ll need.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
RSI is an issue that’s becoming more commonplace. Even now, some employers don’t know how to handle it right. But if your job involves any repetitive movement of a joint, you can get it.
Over time, the impact of RSI can be severe, so precautions should be in place. Appropriate breaks should be available and taken. And ergonomic equipment like support pads should be available.
Crashes and Collisions
Impact or crash injuries at work are more common than you think. Whether its from cars, lorries of smaller vehicles like forklift trucks. Any collision can have huge consequences.
Employers must ensure that seat belts are in good working condition. And other safety precautions like high viz and floor markings are in place.
Exposure to Loud Noise
Some think industrial deafness is a thing of the past without the old heavy industries. But this isn’t true. Many industrial workers are still at risk with exposure to loud noises.
Industrial deafness can command hefty payouts down the line. So employers need to be serious about it. Safety measures like ear protectors are a must!
If you don’t think your employer is doing enough to protect you at work, make sure you ask your attorney. They’ll be able to help work out what to do next.
Work Related Injuries Made Easy
So there you have it! Now you know more about these common work related injuries, you’ll know what you can claim on.
No matter the severity, your health comes first. And if unsafe work practices put that at risk, you’re entitled to claim. Your employer should do everything they can to keep you safe while working.
If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out our other blogs today!