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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Overexertion: The Most Common Work-Related Injury

Overexertion in the workplace consistently ranks as one the most common cause for work-related injury or illness in the private sector. 

 

According to Liberty Mutual’s Workplace Safety Index, “overexertion involving outside sources” caused the most workplace injuries, including injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and carrying objects. 

 

This type of injury can happen in a variety of professions, but the likelihood of an injury caused by overexertion increases in jobs requiring physical labor.  Overexertion involving outside sources was most common amongst laborers (40 percent) and nursing assistants (55 percent). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also reported that workers in the retail, wholesale trade, warehousing and construction industries reported high rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).  Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had a large number of overexertion cases, in addition to falls, slips, or trips cases in 2013.

 

According to Liberty Mutual’s annual ranking of the top causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries based on information from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Academy of Social Insurance, the top ten leading causes of the most disabling workplace injuries are:

  1. Overexertion involving an outside source

  2. Falls on same level

  3. Struck by equipment or object

  4. Falls to lower level

  5. Other exertions or bodily reactions

  6. Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle

  7. Slip or trip without fall

  8. Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects

  9. Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks

  10. Struck against object or equipment

 

An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help.

There are effective steps employers can take to prevent on the job injuries.  Training programs, attentive supervisors and ergonomic equipment can help employees perform the tasks at hand without incident.  Employers seeking to improve their safety programs and minimizing their exposure to worker’s compensation claims should contact experienced worker’s compensation attorney William A. White at wwhite@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937. 

 

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the State of Georgia with expertise in this area of law. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 

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