Going to work is an essential part of providing for yourself and your loved ones. While some jobs are inherently safer than others, every job has some risk for injury.
Part of preventing an injury is understating the risk that comes with certain types of jobs. Although the threat still exists, knowing the potential for harm can help you know when to exercise extra care and what mistakes lead to injuries.
These are five of the most common injuries that happen in the workplace.
Strains and sprains
Many jobs come with a long list of physical demands. When the job is too difficult, or the facility is unsafe, it can lead to the most common type of workplace injury, sprains and strains.
Sprains and strains tend to happen in the joints when they are overworked or over-rotated. These injuries typically heal well but can take considerable time before you feel capable of your pre-injury workload.
Cuts and punctures
Whether you regularly work with heavy machinery or occasionally use a boxcutter, any workplace has a risk of cuts and punctures.
While bumps and bruises are common injuries, it does not mean that they are excluded from a workers’ compensation claim. A contusion may not seem like a big deal, but in some cases, more damage is below the surface.
Many types of injuries can include inflammation. When your injury includes swelling and other inflammation, it can be difficult to perform your daily tasks.
Although broken bones are less common than other types of injuries, experiencing a fracture at work can mean a long road to recovery. A broken bone can sometimes limit your ability for months or years.
Getting help is essential
Dealing with a work-related injury can be stressful, especially if you cannot continue working while you recover. It is essential to talk to a skilled professional about what you can do in your situation.