What Are the Top Causes of Workplace Injuries?

By Peter DePaolis

Have you ever thought about how dangerous certain jobs are or why an injury incident would occur at a workplace?

Recently, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety released its ranking of the top causes of workplace injuries. The rankings are based on the insurers’ workers’ compensation claims and data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

According to the group, the leading causes of workplace injuries are:

  • Overexertion (lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing items or equipment)
  • Falls on the floor level
  • Being struck by object or equipment
  • Falls to a lower level
  • Other exertions or bodily reactions
  • Roadway incidents involving land vehicles
  • Slips or trips
  • Being caught in or compressed by equipment

Interestingly, the group reported that private sector construction workers are involved in about 60 percent of all fatal work injuries.

Maryland Worker Electrocuted While Moving Refrigerator

A recent example of a workplace injury incident in Maryland involved a construction worker who was helping move a refrigerator in Charlotte Hall when he was electrocuted.

According to theBayNet.com, the incident occurred on March 22 at the St. Mary’s County liquor store. Apparently, a fire occurred at the store earlier in the day and the worker was attempting to move the appliance, and he thought that the power was off.

A power surge shocked the man, who needed to be flown to Washington Hospital Center. The incident remains under investigation.

Speaking to an Attorney About a Causes of Workplace Injuries and Legal Help After an Accident

Remember, if you have been injured or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one due to a workplace accident, you may be entitled to benefits, including workers’ compensation. In this situation, it may be wise to speak to an attorney.

Keep in mind, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have a claim under negligence law, if a third party caused your injury.

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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0315/workerelectrifiedwhilemovingrefrigerator.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.