Common on-the-job injuries
While on the job, workers may be at risk for various types of injuries, including fractures, cuts, soreness and sprains.
Any New York worker could get injured while on the job. Some positions, such as construction workers, are seen as the more dangerous jobs, but even someone in an office setting could end up getting hurt. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are 2.9 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 workers across the country.
Over the course of a single year, there were 10.1 cases of bone fractures per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers states the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The causes of broken bones can vary from vehicle crashes to falls from a height. Some workers may get a fracture due to falls, slips or trips. While this cause does not always result in a fracture, it resulted in 19 percent of the days-away-from-work cases in the span of a single year.
Lacerations, cuts and punctures were the second most common injury type with 12 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent laborers that resulted in the need for time away from work. These cuts could be caused by being caught between two objects, falling objects or failing to use proper safety gear. While some cuts may require time away from work, others may be small enough to continue working. Even minor cuts could turn serious if they do not receive proper medical attention.
General soreness or pain tied cuts for cases that resulted in days away from work. This pain can be caused by repetitive motions or over exertion. Overexertion and bodily reactions resulted in 34.1 cases of days off from work per 10,000 full-time employees. Even slipping and falling can lead to a general feeling of pain that does not result in a cut or fracture.
Office workers may have a higher risk of suffering from soreness if their work spaces are not ergonomically correct. Exposure to harmful environments, such as bad furnishings or improper lighting, can be a major cause of workplace injuries.
Sprains, tears and strains are the most common injuries that lead to time off of work. In a single year, this injury type led to just over 28 cases per 10,000 full-time or full-time equivalent workers. Like other common injuries, these wounds could be caused by several factors, including slips and falls, violence, car accidents or falling objects.
With so many different kinds of injuries taking place at New York worksites, it is not surprising when an employee is put in harms way through no fault of their own. No matter the type of injury sustained or the circumstances surrounding the personal damages, it may be beneficial to work with an attorney who is familiar with this type of personal injury case.