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The 7 Most Common Types of Work-Related Injuries

Mar 31, 2022 - Workers' Compensation/Work Injury by

Many improvements in safety have been made to the places where we work over the years. Even so, workplace injuries occur every day and when it happens to you, it is important to have a trusted Tuscalossa workers’ compensation attorney who is familiar with different types of work-related injuries on your side. At Cross & Smith, LLC, our lawyers are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve after being injured on the job. 

Below are seven of the most common types of work-related injuries as reported by the National Safety Council (NSC).

#1  Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments

Exposure to harmful substances or environments includes the following situations:

  • Exposure to extreme cold and heat
  • Exposure to changes in water and air
  • Exposure to a stressful or traumatic event
  • Exposure to electricity, noise, and radiation

#2  Overexertion & Bodily Reaction

Overexertion and bodily reaction injuries include both non-impact injuries and repetitive motion injuries. Non-impact injuries can occur from the use of physical force, such as that used to lift, push, or throw an object. Repetitive motion injuries result from repeating the same task over and over, not necessarily with any taxing effort.

#3  Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are injuries that can occur in almost any workplace environment. These injuries can range in severity from head injuries to cuts and sprains. Typical causes include spilled substances, loose flooring, poor lighting, uncovered cables, and uneven walking surfaces. 

#4  Contact with Objects & Equipment

Contact with objects and equipment may be caused by:

  • Heavy equipment being tipped over
  • A load being moved being accidentally dropped
  • Tools & materials being dropped from a great height
  • A worker being caught between two objects

#5  Transportation Incidents

Vehicles are present on many worksites. Transportation incidents include being struck by tractors, or forklifts, as well as car accidents and collisions. 

#6  Violence and Other Injuries by Persons or Animals

Fighting at work is a reality, and can occur between co-workers or an employee and a customer. The more stressful the work environment, the more likely workplace violence is to occur. 

Worksites that involve animals, such as farms, have an increased risk of injuries. Animals are unpredictable and workers must remain cautious when working with them.

#7  Fires & Explosions

If there is a chance of exposure to fire or an explosion, it is important that workers are properly attired in protective equipment and ensure they follow all safety precautions. Fires and explosions can be caused by faulty gas lines, open flames, and improperly stored containers of combustible materials. 

Speak With A Tuscaloosa Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Cross & Smith Today

If you have been injured on the job, or you have lost a loved one due to a workplace injury, speak with a Tuscaloosa workers’ compensation attorney at Cross & Smith. We have extensive experience in these types of cases and are here for you. You may reach us by calling 877-791-0618 or via our contact page.

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