Work Related Injuries

Be Careful with these Work-Related Injuries

Injuries and accidents can happen at any time and place. It can even happen in your workplace and can cause irreparable damage and detriment to an employee’s personal life and career. A worker can ask for damages and claims if a company fails to address an employee’s concern.

If you experience difficulty finding the answer to your questions, you may contact the office of Botti Chiropractic and Wellness. They can answer most of your work compensation related questions, as workers’ compensation cases make up a significant portion of their practice.

Here is a list of some common workplace injuries that one has to be careful of:

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Top 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries 

  1. Overexertion – This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been a number one workplace injury among the surveys and statistics.
  2. Fall on Same Level Surfaces – This pertains to falls on wet and slippery office floors. Other related examples are falls and slips especially by elderly people on snow covered pathways on their way to work.
  3. Fall to Lower Level – This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders, and stairways.
  4. Bodily Reaction – These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling.
  5. Struck by Object – Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person. These can cause very serious injuries.
  6. Struck against an Object – This happens when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc.
  7. Highway Incident – Transportation used for business purposes such as trucks and cars may be involved in an automobile accident just like any regular traveler.
  8. Caught In/ Compressed By – This type of injury usually occurs in a factory where large and dangerous machinery is used. Sometimes little or no precaution in its usage may endanger the safety of its operators. Exposure to extreme temperature is also an example of this workplace injury.
  9. Repetitive Motion – This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious but definitely harmful ones in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer 24/7 can strain muscles and tendons causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  10. Assaults and Violent Acts – Attacks caused by office politics and other arguments have led to serious physical injuries.

Careful planning of the office or work area from the location of the equipment, tables and chairs, and also warning signs for other dangerous equipment. Using engineering control systems, work materials can minimize awkward positions, strenuous handling, and repetitive motion problems. Manuals on the proper use of work tools should be regularly updated and enforced to the employees. It is also best if the management can include a wellness plan that incorporates fitness and exercise programs to avoid overexertion. Finally, employees should realize that being extra careful will definitely go a long way. Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.

Trips, falls and slips are among the most common injuries that can impair the working capacity of a worker. Know more about them here:

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People working in different types of job obviously face a range of different hazards.

For example, an office worker is much less at risk from burns than a chef – but there are a range of common accidents and injuries which occur across all occupational sectors – and trips/slips and falls invariably top the league.

A total of 229 people were killed at work and although this equates to just 0.8 per 100,000 workers, it is still a lot of lives lost.(Long term, death rates have fallen, but the fatality figures have changed very little over the past six years)

The most commonly cited workplace hazards involved in accidents/illness were manual handling, sitting for long periods and the handling of harmful substances

More than 2 million people believed that their current or previous type of work had caused them to suffer an illness or made a previous illness worse.

Overall, the three most common types of accident/injury were:

  • Trips/slips or falls
  • Electrical incidents
  • Manual handling/lifting

Some of the most common injuries were:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Repetitive Strain Injury

Other less common injuries/illnesses in the workplace include occupational asthma, deafness, vibration white finger and dermatitis.

(Vibration white finger can cause the fingers to tingle, become numb or make it difficult to grip. The damage is usually irreversible and usually caused by excessive hand/ arm vibration.)

Most Common Risks

Overall, slips/trips and falls or damage caused by manual handling/lifting remain the main culprits of injury in the workplace.


Below is a statistical data showing that the riskiest job in America is nursing and residential care while the safest jobs are those involved in data processing and information services. Find out if you are one of those with the riskiest jobs in America in this article:

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its occupational injuries and illnesses report, which calculates the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers last year.

The riskiest job in America is nursing and residential care in a state government run facility.

This job led to 13.1 cases of injury or illness per 100 employees, with 7.4 requiring days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

Here are the rest of the top ten sickly jobs:

2. Local justice, public order, and safety activities (includes police and firefighters):

10.3 cases per 100 employees and 5.6 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

3. Nursing and residential care in local government facilities

10.2 cases per 100 employees and 7.1 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

4. Local government hospitals

9.2 cases per 100 employees and 4.8 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

5. Heavy and civil engineering construction for local governments

8.9 cases per 100 employees and 4.8 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

6. Private nursing and residential care

7.8 cases per 100 employees and 4.7 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

7. State justice, public order, and safety activities (includes police and firefighters):

7.6 cases per 100 employees and 4.1 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

8. Transit and ground passenger transportation for local governments

7.4 cases per 100 employees and 5 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

9. Private air transportation

7.4 cases per 100 employees and 5 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.

10. Beverage and tobacco manufacturing

6.9 cases per 100 employees and 5.3 with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.


Botti Chiropractic and Wellness offer services and treatments for work-related injuries. They offer massage therapy where they target specific muscles with focused pressure along the lines of the muscle fibers to break down adhesions and reduce the muscle to its origin state is essential before any rehabilitation is initiated.