Various workers’ compensation claims occur regularly. The most common of these include strains, contusions, lacerations, sprains and punctures.
Here is more about the top workers’ comp claim causes.
Strains involve stretching or tearing a muscle. If employees perform repetitive tasks all day, they are more likely to experience this, so these individuals should learn more about their rights from the state Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Contusions are more commonly known as bruises and occur after bumps, such as those caused by a fall. While most of these are not dangerous, bruising that causes swelling and severe pain can be a sign of a serious issue and a workers’ comp claim.
Lacerations or cuts commonly occur in the workplace when employees use inappropriate tools for their jobs or devices that employers have not kept in good condition. They can also cut themselves when machines they are using have missing parts or are not correctly adjusted. Poor lighting and clutter can also increase employees’ chances of cutting themselves.
Sprains are similar to strains but occur when employees stretch or tear ligaments. These are common from repetitive tasks but can also occur due to lifting items that are too heavy or having to maintain an awkward position.
Workers can suffer puncture wounds when they work with various implements, including knives, scissors, nails, glass or splintered wood. Using tools with dull blades or improperly handling metal or glass are some of the most common reasons for puncture claims.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment for their staff. That said, employees should also ensure they take extra steps to avoid any of these injuries.