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A List of the Most Common Types of Injuries that Occur in the Workplace: Top Facts and Figures

We all have different jobs, and we all face different risks in performing our duties. It’s obvious that a construction worker may experience more hazards when it comes to hard impact injuries such as falling debris, but an office worker may have more eye strain injuries – and whilst it’s easy to start a discussion of which is more serious, the fact is that we all have health concerns when it comes to making sure we do our job right. If you’re wondering what kind of risks you may be exposed to, you’re not alone. Here’s a list of the most common types of injuries that occur in the workplace: top facts and figures.


Checking the sectors


Different sectors of the economy tend to have different kinds of injuries that occur in the workplace. For example, an office worker will have much less risk of getting cuts or burns than someone who works in the kitchen of a restaurant. On the other hand, relatively ‘safe’ professions (such as accounting or other office work), tend to show injuries caused more over the long term, such as repetitive strain injury (back pains due to inappropriate seating arrangements, eye strains and impaired eye sight, and so on). Generally speaking, the business sectors that are most dangerous are:

  • Agricultural
  • Construction
  • Transportation


Running the numbers


The most common injuries that occur are:


  • Slips and falls (this goes across all sectors)
  • Electrical accidents, including burns and scalds
  • Manual (lifting and handling)


However, other incidents are also very common: burn injuries, head and neck injuries, repetitive strain injuries, and so on.


Fatal accidents


Luckily, fatal accidents are a minority – they occur mostly due to falling off heights, traffic accidents, falling objects, or fork lift malfunction or mishandling.


Burn injuries


Burn injuries have a special place as there are so many different causes – they could be sustained due to hot objects, electrical work, extreme cold, chemical products, and so on.


Most important to remember – and this goes for all kinds of jobs – is that the employer is responsible for the health and safety of the employee at the workplace. This means that all work must be assessed for their risks before they can be carried out, that all necessary safety procedures must be in place, that the person performing the tasks should be given protective gear to avoid risks, and that the person performing the tasks should have been given the proper training to perform the said tasks. If any of these things are lacking, there may be an issue of negligence. If you feel you have been a victim of an injury through no fault of your own, such as a burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation through burn claims.


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