Accidents in the workplace happen more than many people realize. While some lines of work are more dangerous than others, there is always a chance that you may get injured while on the job. Here are a few common workplace accidents that occur in Colorado and elsewhere.
Overexertion is what happens when a person’s body gets pushed to its limits and begins to show signs of wear and tear. A worker who suffers from overexertion-related injuries may experience pains and injuries throughout his or her body, including muscle strains, chronic joint pain, back pain and musculoskeletal disorders.
Injuries related to overexertion can result from someone working long hours over an extended period of time without taking many breaks. Constantly handling heavy objects and improper lifting can also lead a worker to suffer from repetitive stress injuries.
Falls and trips
Slips, trips and falls is another leading cause of workplace injuries. There can be many factors that can cause someone to slip at the workplace, such as wet floors and poor lighting. A bad fall can lead to a variety of different injuries, such as broken bones, soft tissue damage, strained ligaments, traumatic brain injury and even spinal cord damage.
Jobs that require you to operate a motor vehicle can be very dangerous and may lead to many injuries if you end up in an accident. Vehicle-related accidents can be caused by factors such as poor weather conditions, negligent or distracted drivers, and a malfunction in the automotive equipment. Vehicle-related accidents can also include someone who works at a construction site and gets hit by a vehicle, such as a forklift or a tractor.
If someone is working somewhere like a warehouse or in an environment where things get kept on high shelves, there is a chance that he or she may get hit by a falling object. This is another common workplace incident that can cause a variety of issues, such as bone fractures, head trauma, internal organ injuries, bruises and cuts.
There are many ways that someone may get injured on the job, so it is important for people to be vigilant and cautious at work. If you do get injured while on the job, contacting a workers’ compensation attorney could help get you compensated for your troubles.