Employers in California generally take measures to ensure safety of the employees at work. However, some don’t take suitable safety measures that results in workplace injuries. The unsafe conditions result in serious injuries that can cause great financial difficulties for the victim.
Here we will look at the statistics revealed by the Department of Industrial Relations in California regarding common workplace injuries.
Back & Neck Injury Caused by Lifting Heavy Objects
The most common cause of workplace injuries in California is lifting. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of nearly 56,500 workers got injured annually due to lifting heavy objects. The condition resulted in back and shoulder injuries. In case the injury happened while performing a task relating to work, the employer can be held liable for the accident.
Repetitive motion is the second most common cause of workplace injury in California. On average, around 31,300 workers get injured annually due to repetitive motion in the state. Also known as repetitive stress injuries, they can be permanent or temporary resulting in damage to the nerves, muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall was the third most common cause of workplace injury in California, according to the Department of Industrial relations. Between 2010 and 2014, around 30,000 people got injured annually at work due to slip and fall. Workers can slip and get injured due to a slippery surface caused due to water or other liquids spilled on the floor. The employer will be held responsible for any negligent action that resulted in the slip and fall accident.
Pushing and Pulling
The third common injury at work in California is due to pushing and pulling. Nearly 22,000 workers on average got injured at the workplace between 2010 and 2014. Injuries due to pushing and pulling commonly occur in factories, warehouses, construction, and shipping sites. Again, a company can be held liable if the injury occurred due to dangerous work conditions.
Cut, Puncture, or Scrape
About 18,500 workers got injured between 2010 and 2014 in California due to cut, puncture, or scrap. Also known as laceration, the injury can affect the muscles, ligaments, nerves, bone, and blood vessels. The cost of treating the injury can run into thousands of dollars depending on the type of injury.
Falling or Flying Objects
Thousands of workers also get injured in California due to falling from a ladder or scaffolding. Also, employees get injured due to falling objects when they are beneath scaffolds, cranes, or other overhead work.
In case you have suffered a workplace injury, the first thing that you should do is file a worker’s compensation claim. However, if your employer denies your claim, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help you gather the evidence that can allow you to get the maximum possible claim for your injury.
Contact an Inland Empire Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today!
If you have been injured in a workplace in California, you can call Albert E Hirst – Workers’ Compensation Lawyer by dialing (909) 885-7190 or contact us here. We can provide you detailed information regarding your legal options relating to the workplace injury case.