Various industries are susceptible to the risk of workplace injury. The types of injuries that can occur will vary from industry to industry. By recognizing the hazards workers face and by taking steps to improve workplace conditions, the risk of serious personal injury can be decreased. However, even when preventative measures are taken, it can still be possible for workers to sustain an injury and it's likely that some of these individuals will need to seek a worker's compensation claim.
The following list contains some of the most common injuries sustained in the workplace:
- Repetitive motions: Performing the same motions repeatedly throughout the work day can have a cumulative effect over time and can result in a repetitive motion injury. It is a common injury for those who do clerical work and also for manufacturers and artisans.
- Struck by an object: Risk of being struck by an object is common throughout several industries. Workers may be struck by falling debris or tools, pallets stacked upon one another may be tipped and fall onto an unsuspecting worker, etc.
- Falling: Falling is one of the most common types of injuries sustained in the workplace. Falling from equipment, from ladders, stairs, or even from one level of a structure to another. Slipping on liquids or on slippery surfaces is also common.
- Overexertion: These injuries occur when workers work too hard for too long. Injuries like this can often be prevented easily by the employer.
- Caught in machinery: Industries which utilize heavy equipment or machinery run the risk of workers' getting fingers, hands, limbs, etc. caught in the machines.
Many businesses have ensured that they are in compliance with OSHA standards to protect their employees from these types of injuries. But workplace injuries do still occur, and when that happens, workers need to have a strong advocate at their side to ensure their needs are met. If you are in the Waterbury area and need an attorney versed in worker's compensation, contact Cummings Law Firm. We can help.