The Seven Most Common Injuries in the Workplace. The seven common, high cost injury types that happen in a workplace are the following: Caught in/under/between Falls from elevation Falls at same level Struck By/against Motor vehicle accidents
The seven common, high cost injury types that happen in a workplace are the following:
Falls from elevation
Falls at same level
Motor vehicle accidents
Musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities
Musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, back and upper extremities
Compensable claims are worker claims for serious injuries that result in time off from work for medical treatment and recovery.
Compensable claim payments include medical bills, compensation for days off work and disability payments.
Claims involving simple medical treatment for minor injuries with no days off work are not included.
Compensable claims account for 92.1% of all claims costs paid by the worker compensation system.
An injury produced by squeezing, pinching or crushing a part of the body between a moving or stationary object, between two moving objects or between parts of an object.
Examples: hand caught in a rotating part of a machine
finger amputated by a rotating saw blade
Toes crushed by wheels of a moving vehicle
Worker pulled into an auger
An injury from a fall from one level to a lower level or an impact against an object that is lower than the level the person is standing on.
Examples: fall from a roof
fall from a ladder
fall from a truck, tractor or construction vehicle
fall from a scaffold
fall off a raised deck or platform
fall off a loading dock
An injury resulting from falling over to the same level as the working surface or falling into or against an object at the same level.
Examples: tripping over a cord or clutter on the floor
losing balance while carrying a heavy object
falling against a sharp object
Slipping on a wet floor
“Struck against” is an injury from impacting objects during movement, such as bumping into objects, stepping on objects, or being pushed or thrown against objects. Does not include falls.
Examples: bumping head on overhead beam
hand slips off hand tool
accidentally touching a hot pipe
“Struck by” is an injury resulting from a falling or flying object, or being struck by another person.
Examples: object falling off a platform onto a worker, grinding dust
in eye; noise exposure (noise “strikes” eardrum:
and kicked by patient in a mental hospital
Injuries from motor vehicle accidents, including collisions, rollovers and sideswipes. The injured person can be the driver or a passenger, but does not include accidents as passengers on public transportation.
Injuries to the legs, knees, ankles, foot from overexertion, prolonged kneeling, or other bodily motion.
(These do not include impact injuries to the lower extremities.)
Injuries to the neck, back, arms, wrists or hands due to overexertion, repetitive motion, lifting, pulling pushing or carrying objects, or excessive vibration.
back injuries – sciatica, disc problems, low back pain
shoulder injuries – rotator cuff damage
elbow injuries – epicondylitis
carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger