Most Common Injuries Reported on the Job

Every year millions of Americans are injured while performing their duties at their places of employment. Workplace injuries are one of the most common reasons for visits to hospital emergency rooms and doctors’ offices. Despite increased focus on workplace safety, including employee safety training programs, mandatory use of personal protective equipment, and legislated occupation safety and health programs, the workplace continues to pose an inherent risk to employee’s safety. Decades of improved safety standards and imposed liability on employers for worker’s safety has seen a significant reduction in the number and extent of work related accidents, but there continues to be room for improvement.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics documents the prevalence and nature of on the job injuries. The Bureau reports that in 2011 there were 3.5 incidents of injury or illness per 100 full time employees in the private sector, and 5.7 incidents per 100 full time positions in the public sector. This is a significant improvement from 1972, when 10.9 incidents per 100 full time positions were reported. By far the most commonly reported workplace injuries involve strains, sprains and tears, accounting for 44 percent of on the job injuries.

The most common accidents leading to injury in a workplace are: overexertion and bodily reaction; slips, trips and falls; and contact with objects or equipment. Overexertion injuries are typically the result of inappropriate lifting or lowering methods and also include repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Overexertion consistently ranks as the number one cause for workplace injuries. Slips and trips generally refer to falling on the same level, while falls indicate a person falling to a lower level. Contact with objects involves a worker running or walking into a wall, door or barrier or objects falling onto the worker.

The most common injuries that are sustained as a result of workplace accidents are: sprains, strains and tears; contusions (bruising); soreness and pain and; fractures or broken bones. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the following occupations have the highest rate of on the job illness and injury:

  • Bus drivers, transit and intercity
  • Police patrol officers
  • Correctional officers
  • Firefighters
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Highway maintenance workers
  • Delivery sector
  • General Laborers
  • Long-haul transportation
  • Food preparation workers

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