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Top Work-Related Injuries

Aug 17, 2007
As we go to work everyday, especially those who work in any building or manufacturing industry, we find ourselves subjected to a myriad of potential injuries. The causes of these injuries are due to carelessness, faulty equipment or physical stress from a physically demanding position. In this article, we will discuss common on-the-job injuries. According to research performed in 1996, by San Jose University, 13.2 million people were injured that year in common on-the-job injuries.

Eye injuries are by far one of the most common injuries sustained on-the-job. They are also a potentially devastating injury that can cost a person one of their precious senses - the ability to see.

Sparing the gruesome details of such injuries, we can examine the causes rather innocuously. Eye injuries can occur even with the wearing of safety glasses. Such cases are those that involve very hot metal that can actually melt through the plastic of which they are made, or projectiles that are hurled at a very fast speed towards the eye. Those who weld may develop eye problems later, due to the constant glare of arcing electricity and metal.

Other possible causes of eye injuries are shrapnel from debris, due to cutting of, or the failure of products, such as mechanical parts that structurally fail under pressure. An example may be wood that is being worked. Another may be an auto part that is being machined and either a fragment breaks off, or the integrity of the material fails, and the entire item "explodes", shattering into tiny missiles.

Back Strains are very common, especially in physically demanding jobs. Even when proper lifting protocol is adhered to, back injuries can and do occur.

Slips and falls can cause tremendous damage to any and every part of the body, from the head to the back and hips. Sometimes the most "innocent" item another employee leaves on the floor can be slipped on by another employee. Water that is never mopped up or any other liquid that can make tread and safe walking nearly impossible, is an accident waiting to happen.

Burns are one of the most painful and common of all the on-the-job injuries. They can cause permanent disfigurement to the face and the body, requiring significant medical care and rehabilitation, not only physically, but also cosmetically and emotionally as well. Burns are caused by explosions, grease fires or a careless employee or company who stores flammable material next to possible fire sources.

For those people who experience such an injury, it is recommended that they seek the advice and guidance of a qualified attorney. In addition, it does not matter whether they are seeking worker's compensation or a settlement. Only a qualified attorney can help them get the financial compensation they deserve.
About the Author
E. Michael Grossman is an accomplished personal injury attorney focusing on workplace injury cases. Visit Michael's Injury Law Blog for more information relating to Workplace Injuries.
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