Common causes of workplace injuries

No matter what industry a person is in, he or she may get hurt due to one of the common causes of injuries—falls, exertions or objects.

Workplace accidents can happen at any New York occupation. Whether a person works in an office or at a construction site, he or she could be at risk for getting hurt while on the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2.9 per 100 workers get injured or sick due to their job in a single year. OSHA cites certain safety violations, such as lack of fall protection, poorly constructed scaffolding and unprofessional wiring methods, as the most common violations handed out in a year. With unsafe workplace practices, employees may be at a higher risk for getting hurt on the job.


Falling, whether on the same level or to a lower level, can lead to all sorts of injuries. According to the Insurance Journal, 15.4 percent of reported workplace injuries were caused by falling at the same level. Falling from a higher level to a lower level caused 8.6 percent of the reported grievances. Even tripping over a cord or slipping on a wet surface without actually falling to the ground can cause certain muscle aches or back pains. These slipping and tripping incidents without a fall are related to 3.6 percent of the reported injuries.


When an employee lifts, carries, throws, pulls or pushes something that is too heavy, he or she may pull muscles, strain his or her back or receive other wounds due to overexertion. Taking on too much physical work was the highest cause of injury at 25.3 percent. While overexertion can be a big culprit, even regular exertion can lead to scrapes and wounds. Typical workplace activities, such as bending, reaching, walking, sitting, standing and kneeling, were linked to 7.2 percent of bodily hurts. Repetitive motions, which lead to 3.1 percent of injuries, are another type of regular exertion that could lead to an employee getting wounded.


Equipment and office supplies can lead to certain types of injuries. For example, 3.5 percent of the reported accidents were related to an employee being caught between two objects or compressed within a piece of equipment. Other potential sources of injury include falling objects. 8.9 percent of workers who were hurt at work were struck by a falling object.

Even stationary equipment or furniture can lead to accidents. For example, an employee may trip over an open drawer or run into a misplaced forklift. Getting struck by or against an object leads to 2.9 percent of the reported workplace grievances.

New York workers could be hurt doing every day activities while on the job. No matter what caused an injury, it may be beneficial to work with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with workplace accidents.