Accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere, even when proper safety measures have been taken and training is in place. Each year, thousands of workers from all over the United States file claims after something went wrong and compromised their overall well-being. If this has happened to you, you should contact your worker’s compensation lawyer in Charleston. Here are a few recent statistics concerning occupational injuries and illnesses as compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Strains, Sprains and Tears
Nearly 50 out of 10,000 workplace-related injuries and illnesses come in the form of what we refer to as strains, sprains and tears. And of these types of injuries, nearly half occur due to workers who are overexerting themselves. Over 35 percent of these injuries impact the back. Back and shoulder injuries require more time off work to heal, with an average downtime of just over 20 days. But there is good news, these types of injuries have actually declined in recent years.
Overexertion injuries that occur at work only represent less than 20 out of 10,000 total workplace illnesses and injuries but have also seen a three percent rise from years past. Healthcare and social assistance positions in the private sector experience a far higher rate of overexertion instances at a staggering rate of nearly 50 per 10,000 employees. Almost half of all overexertion cases can be blamed on lifting too much at one time.
Complaints that involve rotator cuff disorders, carpal tunnel and lower back pain are extremely common and make up for 35 out of 10,000 on-the-job illnesses and injuries.
Contusions and Bruises
Right at 10 per 10,000 workplace injuries involve bruises and contusions. If you suffer such an injury, you can expect to miss an average of four days of work. The highest rate of workers who experience this type of workplace injury come from transportation and warehouse sectors.
General Pain and Soreness
Aches and pains throughout the body, including back pain, accounts for nearly 14 out of every 10,000 reported workplace injuries or likenesses. Not surprisingly, labor jobs are the riskiest when it comes to pain and soreness injuries and illnesses. Yet again, transportation and warehouse workers have the highest rate of these types of injuries.
Fractures account for almost nine out of every 10,000 reported workplace illnesses and injuries. Employees who have suffered such an injury require a recuperation period just shy of a month. The most claims for this type of injury come from the hunting industry, the mining industry and construction.
Lacerations, Cuts and Punctures
30 percent of the reported workplace injuries regarding these type of injuries involve work-related equipment. The fingers are the most vulnerable body parts that get injured and account for over 25 percent of all injuries in the category. Working in the recyclable and refuse collection industry will increase your chances of suffering such injuries significantly.
Burns and Scalds
Not surprisingly, food service workers suffer heat burns and scalds at a much higher rate than any other industry. The average burn or scald will take about eight days to properly heal enough to safely return to work.