Workers in California are exposed to many different kinds of risks on the job, but some activities are riskier than others. Eighty-four percent of non-fatal workplace accidents that cause people to miss days of work are the result of three causes. These causes are:
- Overexertion and bodily reaction
- Slips, trips and falls
- Contact with objects and equipment
Overexertion and bodily reaction
These types of workplace accidents are non-impact and typically result from job tasks that involve physical strain. Even if a job is not very physically strenuous, a microtask that is done over and over could cause a repetitive motion injury. Heavy lifting, throwing, pushing or pulling can also cause these types of injuries. These injuries may happen suddenly or gradually over a long period of time.
Slips, trips and falls
Anyone at any type of job could be injured in a slip, trip or fall accident. From a crowded construction site to a quiet office, these accidents happen suddenly when a worker’s walking path is compromised in some way. Slips, trips and falls could happen on the same level or onto a lower level. Accidents from jumping are also grouped into the slip, trip and fall category.
Contact with objects and equipment
These kinds of accidents usually occur suddenly when a worker is struck by an object or comes in contact with an object in a way that causes them injury. A worker may also be injured when a body part is trapped inside of equipment. Sometimes, the strong vibration of certain types of equipment can cause injuries as well.
What should a worker do after being injured on the job?
Workers who are injured on the job can suffer a significant financial setback, particularly when their line of work requires them to be in good physical condition. An attorney may be able to help an injured worker to offset the financial hardship of a workplace accident by filing a workers’ compensation claim.