What Workplace Accidents Cause the Most Claims?

What Workplace Accidents Cause the Most Claims?

Employers nationwide are required to provide a safe environment for their employees to work. But inevitably, thousands of Americans a year suffer injuries in workplace accidents. Of course, some jobs are more hazardous than others. Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an annual report with workers’ compensation claim statistics on workplace accidents. And the most common workplace accidents might surprise you.

Where Most Workplace Accidents Occur

Mention workplace accidents and jobs in construction and manufacturing probably come first to mind. But the most common workplace accident in the most recent report (2016) did not include either. In fact, topping off the list of the most common nonfatal workplace injuries was:

  1. Healthcare and social assistance
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Retail trade

Nursing assistants, psychiatric aides, registered nurses, and paramedics are some of the most likely jobs to cause a workplace injury. Nurses, in particular, are at risk. Statistics show that 13.9% of employees at nursing and residential care facilities have reported an injury. And one in four nurses has been assaulted. Police officers and firefighters are also high on the list. 10.2% of local police protection officers report injuries.

Workplace accidents can vary greatly from one another in severity.  But on average, the report showed that employees needed nine days off work to recover from workplace accidents.

Most Common Claims for Workplace Accidents

The most common workplace accident claims in the private sector mostly involve injuries. The top three claims filed involve:

  1. Sprains, strains and tears (11%)
  2. Falls, slips, and trips (8%)
  3. Back injuries (5.4%)

Overexertion is also a very common reason to file a claim, which is understandable given the nature of certain jobs. Excessive physical effort such as lifting, pulling, pushing, turning, holding, or carrying can lead to it. Essentially muscles grow tired and then injuries occur. And it can happen whether you’re on your feet all day, or sitting at a desk. Many of these claims involve back injuries from employees who lift heavy objects.

Most Common Hazards in the Workplace

Every type of workplace can be hazardous — and hazards can come in many forms. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a chart of the most common workplace hazards.

Some include:

  • Safety Hazards — Spills, heights, machinery, electrical hazards, confined spaces, etc.
  • Biological Hazards — Blood, fungi, bacteria, plants, insect bites, etc.
  • Physical Hazards — Temperature extremes, radiation, constant loud noise, sunlight, etc.
  • Ergonomic Hazards — Improperly adjusted chairs, lifting, posture, repetitive movements, etc.
  • Chemical Hazards — Cleaning products, vapors and fumes, pesticides, gases, etc.
  • Work Organization Hazards — Workload demands, violence, intensity, control, sexual harassment, things that cause stress, etc.

No matter where you work, workplace accidents can occur. Even where employers take every effort to minimize their likelihood. And when they do, proper steps must be taken to ensure a full recovery.

Inc.com offers three steps to successfully carry out a return to work:

  • Firstly, the injured party must obtain proper medical treatment and rest. This may include filing a workers’ compensation claim in order to obtain.
  • Secondly, there should be frequent communication between the employer and the employee during the injury.
  • Thirdly, when the employee is ready to return to work, they should continue to be careful.

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance After Your Workplace Accident

If you or a loved one have been injured at work, there is help. Reach out to an expert workers’ comp attorney or advocate today for a free workplace compensation evaluation. The advocate or attorney can tell you how much workers’ comp you will likely receive for your injury. Most importantly, you’ll never pay anything for professional help with your claim unless that attorney helps you win. If that happens, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee deducted from your lump-sum payment. Ready to see if you may qualify? Click the button below to start your free workers’ compensation benefits evaluation now! Get Your Free Benefits Evaluation