Workplace injuries can happen anywhere, but did you know that there are some people who are at a greater risk of being injured? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are industries that have higher percentages of workplace injuries than others.
Some of those industries include local government warehousing and transportation, state government health care and social assistance, local government trade, utilities and transportation and local government construction.
Which industries had the most days away for workplace injuries or illnesses?
The industries with the most away days for workplace injuries or illnesses included the mining industry with an average of 31 days off following an injury or development of an illness. Local government warehousing and transportation incidents led to an average 21 days away.
How does age play a role in accidents and subsequent time off?
Based on the data, those over the age of 65 were the most likely to need more time off after an incident at work, with the median number of days at 17. Men were more likely to need more time off than women.
What are the most common kinds of workplace illnesses and injuries?
The two most common injuries and illnesses include sprains, tears and strains as well as musculoskeletal disorders. The age groups most affected by these injuries include those between the ages of 45 and 54. Men were more likely to be affected than women.
Women are also at risk of injuries on the job, and they are at higher risk of injuries such as bruises and contusions, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
What can you do if you’re hurt on the job?
No matter who you are, you do have the potential to get hurt on the job. From office workers to those in construction, everyone faces hazards in their workplaces. If you are hurt, remember to let your supervisor and employer know, so that you can make a claim. Take the time off that you need to recover, and look into workers’ compensation to cover your financial needs. Get to know your legal rights, so you know where you stand while seeking compensation.