In 2014 close to 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private employers. While each workplace accident is different, just a few injuries make up most of the workers’ comp claims. In most states, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In the event of an accident the insurance can help cover medical expenses and wage losses.
Overexertion is the most common workplace injury. Overexertion is caused by pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, or throwing motions. Overexertion injuries are common in jobs where manual labor is necessary like construction, landscaping, and factories.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slip and falls are usually caused by workers slipping on wet floors or walkways. Wet surfaces are a common cause for injures to workers who walk around on tile floors and outdoors in poor weather.
Fall to a Lower Level
Falling to a lower level includes falling off a roof, ladder, scaffolding, or down a flight of stairs. These are common occurrences among co
nstruction workers, electricians, painters, and carpenters.
Struck by an Object
Workers can be struck by an object from above whether it’s a piece of debris falling to a lower level on a construction site or a book falling of a shelf in a school.