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Top 10 Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them

By Joanne Aika Castillo

Workplace injuries have become a frequent occurrence among big and small companies alike. Those who work on more dangerous environments such as construction sites and manufacturing companies are presumably more at risk of encountering work related injuries. However, workplace injuries happen in regular offices too. And since the advent of computer and digital technology, there are a lot of seemingly harmless habits that are equally damaging to the health and safety of workers.

According to the 2008 Workplace Safety Index, here are ten of the most common workplace injuries:

1. Overexertion ” This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics.

2. Fall on Same Level – This type of workplace injury refers to those falls without elevation or falls on same level surfaces. Examples of this are falls on wet and slippery office floors and slips on snow covered surfaces usually affecting elderly employees.

3. Fall to Lower Level – This includes falling from an elevated surface such as roofs, ladders, walls, and stairways.

4. Bodily Reaction – This type of injury is caused by tripping and slipping without actually falling.

5. Struck by Object ” Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person. These can cause very serious injuries.

6. Struck against Object ” This injury is caused by running into doors, tables, chairs, walls, and other concrete objects.

7. Highway Incident – This injury refers to automobile accidents that may happen to an employee who is on an official business trip.

8. Caught in/ compressed by – Handling large and sharp machinery is terribly dangerous especially without proper knowledge and precautions used. Workers may also be exposed to extreme temperature which can also cause this type of injury.

9. Repetitive Motion ” A good example is typing on a computer in regular offices. Due to prolonged repetitive motion, muscles and tendons are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, and vision problems.

10. Assaults and violent acts – This may not be a frequent occurrence but is nonetheless causing injuries among employees who engage in physical attack against each other.

In the event that employees experience workplace injuries, their physical and mental abilities suffer. Thus their work and personal life will also be affected. It is clearly stated by law that employees are entitles to receive compensation for work related injuries. If the company fails to address that, the employee may file a lawsuit for the damages and medical expenses.

There are a lot of ways that employers and employees can do in order to prevent work related injuries. First is a careful planning of the office or work area from the location of the equipment, tables and chairs, and also warning signs for other dangerous equipment. Using engineering control systems, work materials can minimize awkward positions, strenuous handling, and repetitive motion problems. Manuals on the proper use of work tools should be regularly updated and enforced to the employees. It is also best if the management can include fitness and exercise programs to avoid overexertion. Finally, employees should realize that being extra careful will definitely go a long way. Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.

Joanne Aika Castillo is a legal researcher for Lavin Law Offices. Her expertise includes Workplace Injuries and other Personal Injury Cases. To learn more about personal injury, visit Lavin Law Offices now.

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Castillo, Joanne A. "Top 10 Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them." Top 10 Common Workplace Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them. 29 Jun. 2009. 22 Jul 2014 <>.

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