Whether you suffered an injury at work and you want to apply for workers’ compensation benefits, you are a business owner worried about workplace accidents or you are an employee concerned about on-the-job hazards, it is smart to review statistics on work-related injuries. Regardless of the field you work in, there are likely multiple hazards that can result in a debilitating injury if something goes wrong.
Every year, many people are seriously hurt while trying to perform their job duties. Sometimes, these injuries result in temporary disabilities and time away from work, while others cannot return to work again or even lose their lives.
Looking at work-related injuries and different parts of the body
The California Department of Industrial Relations published insightful information on work-related injuries that affect different parts of victims’ bodies. Over the course of 2019, more workers suffered injuries affecting their lower back (over 70,000) than any other part of the body.
Many workplace accidents result in injuries that impact multiple parts of the victim’s body and many injuries affect workers’ fingers, wrists, shoulders, ankles and hands. Many workers also suffer injuries that affect their feet and eyes.
Reviewing the leading causes of work-related injuries
According to the DIR’s data, more workers suffered injuries due to lifting (over 57,000) than any other factor during 2019. Strain, falls, cuts, repetitive stress and pushing or pulling also accounted for many of the workplace injuries that occurred in 2019.
If you suffered an injury at work, look into your options and take advantage of any resources that can aid in your recovery.