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The Most Common Types of Work Injuries

Iowa workers' compensation attorneyWhen it comes to workplace injuries, the first thought is usually a construction accident or a fall off of a ledge. It might surprise some that nursing assistants have a comparable injury rate to construction workers and movers. This can be explained by the nature of the most common injuries, over half of which are the result of common missteps.

Work injury statistics

Preventable accidents like slips, trips, falls, and overexertion made up about 60 percent of the over 1.1 million workplace accidents that happened in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. These injuries all resulted in at least one day of work lost, but the median was actually nine days lost. This significant amount of time results in millions of dollars lost in productivity and income.

These findings stem from data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and analyzed by CPI Security. The security firm wanted to help business owners have an accurate understanding of the most common injuries, their causes, and how many days were lost as a result. By understanding these factors, employers can implement better policies to create safer work environments.

The most common injuries include

 

  1. Heat (thermal) burns
  • Incidence rate: 4 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 15,670 per year
  • Median days away from work: 6
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 94,020 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Exposure to harmful substances or environments

 

  1. Puncture wounds, except gunshot wounds
  • Incidence rate: 6 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 17,680 per year
  • Median days away from work: 3
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 53,040 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Contact with object, equipment

 

  1. Concussions
  • Incidence rate: 7 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 18,680 per year
  • Median days away from work: 7
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 130,760 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Contact with object, equipment

 

  1. Lacerations
  • Incidence rate: 8 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 86,640 per year
  • Median days away from work: 3
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 259,920 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Contact with object, equipment

 

  1. Fractures
  • Incidence rate: 5 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 95,060 per year
  • Median days away from work: 32
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 3,041,920 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Falls, slips, trips

 

  1. Contusions
  • Incidence rate: 8 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 97,960 per year
  • Median days away from work: 4
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 391,840 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Contact with object, equipment

 

  1. Non-specified Injuries (soreness, swelling, etc.)
  • Incidence rate: 3 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 226,620 per year
  • Median days away from work: 7
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 1,586,340 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Overexertion and bodily reaction

 

  1. Sprains, Strains, & Tears
  • Incidence rate: 3 per 10,000 full-time workers
  • Total number of cases: 406,200 per year
  • Median days away from work: 10
  • Total work days lost due to injury: 4,062,000 per year
  • Most common event causing the injury: Overexertion and bodily reaction

 

When workers get hurt on the job, their lives can change quickly. Often, they are left with serious injuries and mounting medical bills.

Getting the benefits you deserve means being able to pay your bills. Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of your situation. Call a lawyer with the experience you need. Contact Paul McAndrew today.

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