Workplace injuries can lead to lost wages and the need for medical care and treatment that workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help with. It is important for workers injured on the job in any way to be familiar with how workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help them during their recovery.
Some of the most common types of workplace injuries include:
- Strains and sprains
- Cuts and punctures
Strains and sprains are the most common types of workplace injury. Strains and sprains can result from overexertion in materials handling jobs. Eye injuries are most common in construction and manufacturing jobs. In addition, injuries from machinery, tools and object impacts can occur in warehouses, manufacturing and construction jobs. Fall injuries can occur in all workplaces but are most prevalent in jobs that require outdoor activity. Repetitive motion injuries can also occur in all workplaces.
Occupations most at risk
The types of occupations most at risk for workplace injuries including police and security officers; nurse’s aides, orderlies and attendants; cleaning services workers; and commercial truck drivers who drive tractor trailers. The construction industry can also be highly dangerous for construction workers. When a worker has been injured on the job, regardless of the circumstances, workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help with their medical expenses and lost wages while they are unable to work during their recovery process.
It is helpful for workers who have been hurt in their workplace to be familiar with workers’ compensation benefits. It is also helpful for injured workers and their families to know how to access those benefits when needed.