Many residents of Minnesota suffer on-the-job injuries each year. These seven are among the most common ones.
Many workers suffer from musculoskeletal injuries that render them unable to work. These injuries are sustained from overexertion, heavy lifting and repetitive motions, Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common example of such an injury.
Slip and fall
Many people file for workers’ compensation to recover from workplace slip and fall injuries. Slip and fall accidents can occur when floor surfaces are not kept dry or clean or due to inadequate lighting.
Being hit by an object
People who work in warehouses or stores often have to reach up high to retrieve or place boxes and other objects. Unfortunately, this also increases the risk of an object falling and striking them, which can cause injuries. While less common, this can also occur in an office setting and result in injuries.
Some workers have to work around harmful chemicals that can harm their health. If workers are not provided with personal protective equipment or properly trained to handle such substances, it can lead to serious health issues. Many workers exposed to harsh chemicals have to file workers’ compensation claims.
Those who drive for work are at a higher risk of vehicle accidents. Depending on the severity of the accident, workers can suffer broken bones, whiplash, traumatic brain injury or spinal injuries.
Certain types of workplaces have a higher risk of fires, which can leave workers suffering serious burns. In the worst-case scenario, a person can be left with third- or even fourth-degree burns, which are catastrophic injuries that could end up being fatal.
Acts of violence
Sadly, workplace violence is more common than many people think. Differences of opinion could lead to a fight. Many workers suffer injuries as a result of workplace violence.