10 Most Common Workplace Injuries


The following is a list of the ten most common workplace injuries:

  1. Overexertion – This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics.
  2. Fall on Same Level Surfaces – This pertains to falls on wet and slippery office floors. Other related examples are falls and slips especially by elderly people in snow covered parking lots.
  3. Fall to Lower Level – This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders, and stairways.
  4. Bodily Reaction – These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling.
  5. Struck by Object – Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person. These can cause very serious injuries.
  6. Struck against an Object – This happens when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc.
  7. Highway Incident – Transportation used for business purposes such as trucks and cars may be involved in an automobile accident just like any regular traveler.
  8. Caught In/ Compressed By – This type of injury usually occurs in a factory where large and dangerous machinery is used. Sometimes little or no precaution in its usage may endanger the safety of its operators. Exposure to extreme temperature is also an example of this workplace injury.
  9. Repetitive Motion – This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious but definitely harmful ones in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer 24/7 can strain muscles and tendons causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  10. Assaults and Violent Acts – Attacks caused by office politics and other arguments have led to serious physical injuries.

If your injury or illness requires it, you should seek medical care immediately!

The most important thing for an employee to know is that you should report the injury immediately to a supervisor, in writing if possible.

As an employee employed in New Hampshire sustaining an at-work injury, you have certain rights. Go to the applicable link “Injured Employee Benefits” for more information.  https://www.nh.gov/labor/workers-comp/workplace-injuries.htm  Or you can call (603) 271-3176 to speak to someone directly at the Department of Labor regarding subject matter pertaining to Workplace Injuries.

If you have any questions or would like an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer working on your behalf, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Always a free initial consultation.