A recently released report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector jobs accounted for upwards of 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012. While that figure represents a continued steady decline in the number of such incidents over the past decade, it remains unacceptably high, industrial injury attorneys say.
Researchers conducting the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses found that more than half of these injuries and illnesses were serious enough to involve days away from work, restrictions on the type and manner of work, or even job transfers, all of which likely placed additional financial burdens on victims. And injuries were far more prevalent than illnesses, accounting for a full 94.8 percent of incidents.
Historically, seven types of industrial injuries top the list of “compensable” claims, meaning that they are serious enough to force the victim to take time off work to recover or to change jobs, or render him permanently disabled.
- Machinery-caused injuries that involved body parts being squeezed, pinched or crushed;
- Falls from elevations including ladders, rooftops or platforms;
- Same-level falls including slipping on substances or tripping over objects onto a floor or other surface;
- Strikes or impacts including a body part being slammed against a stationary object or hit by a moving object, or loud noise impacting the ear drum;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorder of the lower extremities including knees, ankles and feet;
- Musculoskeletal injuries of the upper body including the neck, back and arms, typically resulting from overexertion, kneeling, squatting, lifting, repetitive hand pinching or gripping, vibration or work that requires awkward posture for long periods of time.