According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately three million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2011 — representing 3.5 percent of all workers. Some industries, such as mining or logging, have a greater number of accidents, given the dangerous nature of these jobs. However, employees in the service industry or information technology fields also miss many days of work because of on-the-job accidents or injuries.
Some of the most common workplace injuries include:
- Slip and fall
- Vehicle collision
- Striking or being struck by heavy object
- Repetitive motion
Sprains account for 38 percent of lost work days, primarily back injuries caused by lifting or raising heavy objects. Slip and fall accidents on flat surfaces are also responsible for sprains and torn tendons or ligaments. Falling can also cause broken bones or serious injuries to the brain or spine. Anyone who drives a car, van, or truck for a living has a greater risk of having a collision. Construction workers are at risk of being hit by heavy objects falling from above, or of running into heavy machinery or objects on-the-job site. They are also susceptible to repetitive motion injuries if they use vibrating power tools. Those who work with computers or anyone who performs the same motion over and over is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or other problems.
If you have been injured while performing your job, speak with a reputable construction site injury lawyer about your options for pursuing compensation.