When we think of common workplace injuries, it’s easy to think of construction workers falling off scaffoldings, factory workers mangled in machines, or bike messengers hit by trucks.
But according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, other injuries are much more common.
How people get injured at work.
In fact, overexertion, slips and trips together make up more than 60% of all injuries that cause people to take days off work.
The latest numbers available were recorded in 2011, and the report was published in November 2012. Although the number of recordable cases has gone down from 5.0 per 100 full-time workers in 2003, it seems to have flattened as it reached 3.6 in 2009 and was 3.5 in 2010 and 2011.
Here are the most common workplace injuries, with the rate representing the numbers of workers who had to take days off due to that injury.
1. Sprains, strains, and tears. Rate: 44/10,000 workers.
This includes overexertion from repeated movements such as cutting and preparing food all day, including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
2. Soreness, pain. 15/10,000 workers.
From general activity, not related to overexertion.
3.Bruises and contusions. 10/10,000 workers.
From being struck by or hitting objects, such as having a pipe fall down from the ceiling or being run into with a cart in the hallway.
3.Cuts, lacerations, punctures. 10/10,000 workers.
Similar to number 3, any wounds or injuries caused in a job situation, such as accidentally cutting oneself with an exacto knife.
5.Fractures. 9/10,000 workers.
One day short of carpal tunnel syndrome, which 1/10,000 workers get, fractured limbs cause a median of 27 days off work.
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