In 2017, nearly 18,400 reports of injury and illness were filed with the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Division, according to the most recent state data. It’s important to note that these injuries were sustained in a wide range of occupations. While clearly some jobs present more risks than others, even office workers can find themselves suffering from job-related injuries. Here, we take a look at the most common types of work injuries and who may be likely to experience these conditions.
Top 5 Most Common Work-Related Injuries
Work injuries can happen at any time, and they can occur at a range of locations. According to state law, an injury or illness is considered work-related if it is sustained while an employee is doing something on behalf of an employer or in the course of employment. These injuries can occur at the office, on a job site, on travel for work, and in many other locations. The most common work-related injuries are:
- Overexertion. Jobs that involved a lot of lifting or lowering or other repetitive motions put employees at risk for injuries related to overexertion. These injuries often include muscle strains, sprains, and tears, or it can manifest in conditions such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Medical personnel, manufacturers, and even office employees often feel the effects of overexertion.
- Struck by or against objects. These types of injuries involve a worker being struck by, caught in between, or pushed against materials or equipment. Injuries can include broken bones, lacerations, and more. Workers in manufacturing jobs or on any site where materials are often moved should be careful to avoid this type of accident.
- Slips, trips, and falls. Falling from a height (such as off a ladder) or even from a level surface are a common occurrence. Often caused by slippery surfaces, uneven surfaces, or poorly lit work areas, these injuries are most often sustained by construction workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that nearly 40 percent of construction-related work injuries sustained in 2017 were the result of falls.
- Transportation accidents. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury across the U.S., and many employees spend their days running company errands, visiting clients or job sites, or delivering goods. When they are on the road, delivery drivers, client service representatives, and many other employees are at risk for transportation accidents.
- Electric shock. Any employees working in construction or manufacturing should be aware of the risks of electric shock and electrocution. Shocks and burns can cause lasting, painful injuries.
If You Suffer a Work-Related Injury in Alaska
While these types of injuries are the most common, workers experience a variety of injuries across Alaska every day. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury on the job, you may be eligible to file a claim to obtain medical care and compensation. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a claim or are worried that the injury was your fault, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can explain your rights and help you move forward most effectively. In Alaska, attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many employees obtain the benefits they need to recover as fully as possible. Call Ben today in his Anchorage office or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn about what Ben does and how he may be able to help.