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What are the causes of the most common workplace injuries?

Many people probably have preconceived notions about what some of the most common workplace injuries are. Some will probably point to the construction and industrial sectors as the types of jobs that produce the most workplace injuries, so they might believe that accidents involving machinery or power tools are the most common causes on-the-job injuries. So, what are some causes of the most common workplace injuries?

Well, one of the most common causes of injury may not be something people would think of: overexertion. Workers who pull, push or lift too much weight, for example, can suffer muscle pulls and tears, as well as back injuries. Slipping and tripping in the workplace is also one of the most common causes of workplace injuries, leading to leg injuries and potentially broken bones. After that, falling is one common cause of workplace injuries, in two senses: one, when a person falls from an elevated height, and two, when an object falls on a worker. These can be especially dangerous situations, leading to serious injuries that can include brain injuries.

Our readers know that motor vehicle accidents are incredibly common in America, so it should come as no surprise that some people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents are driving as part of their job duties. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries.

When workers in New York suffer work-related injuries, they may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. These financial benefits can help injured workers bridge the gap when it comes to wages that are lost due to the injury.

Source:, "Top 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries," Julie Copeland, accessed Jan. 28, 2017

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