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What Is the Most Common Type of Workplace Injury?

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 5-Mar-2018

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers data concerning hundreds of different topics, including Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities. The 2016 report shows that sprains, tears, and strains were the cause of 406,200 workplace injuries within the year. This staggering number is more than twice the amount of the next most common injury: 188,200 instances of soreness and pain. In fact, sprains, tears, and strains have more reported injuries than the following three categories combined:

  • Soreness & Pain: 188,200
  • Cuts, Lacerations, Punctures: 104,330
  • Bruises & Contusions: 97,960
  • Sprains, Tears, & Strains: 406,200

The Cause of Sprains, Tears, & Strains

As you can see, these injuries are by far the most common type of injury that American workers suffer. While the evidence is staggering, the numbers cannot reveal why sprains, tears, and strains happen so regularly. However, to prevent further injuries, it is critical to understand why these injuries occur.

Here is a list of common causes of sprains, tears, and strains:

  • Carrying heavy weights
  • Suffering slips, trips, and falls
  • Repetitive strenuous motions
  • Being in a vehicle accident
  • Relying on improper techniques
  • Dealing with broken tools

Preventing the Most Common Injury Type

While freak accidents can cause some injuries, other wounds are entirely avoidable.

It is vital that you protect yourself from sprains, tears, and strains by implementing these habits:

  • Stretch your muscles before a strenuous workday.
  • Stay hydrated to keep your muscles loose.
  • If you face heavy resistance while trying to accomplish a physical action, stop what you are doing and determine if there is a different solution.
  • Know your limits and tell a supervisor if your muscles are spent.
  • Be aware of your surroundings to identify potential hazards

Your Options If You Suffer a Sprain, Tear, or Strain

If you suffer from a workplace sprain, tear, or strain due to the negligence of your company, you might qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. Pursuing a personal injury claim to receive just compensation is intimidating, but Arnold & Itkin can help. Our law firm has fought thousands of companies on behalf of our clients, winning verdicts and reaching premium settlements against some of the most prominent corporations in the world. We are not intimidated by large companies, and we have the resources to get the job done. If you want fearless legal counsel, you want Arnold & Itkin.

Call 888.493.0401 to discuss your workplace injury free of charge.

Categories: Workplace Accident

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