The types of injury sustained by workers who suffer an accident at work, does vary from occupation to occupation. However, certain injuries are ubiquitous and occur in various different industries. In many instances, these industrial injuries can often be prevented through proper risk assessment and health and safety training, often accidents that cause these injuries are the result of negligence on someone’s part. This means people that suffer such industrial injuries are able to file a claim for damages through specialist law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline, who help hundreds of people each year receive compensation after an accident at work.
Here are some of the most common industrial injuries:
Burns are fairly common industrial injuries and they can be caused by a whole host of different things too. The most common burn affects people who have to work with open flames. This includes welders, furnace operators and other such occupations. Burns are often caused by machinery too, such as when a worker touches the hot exhaust pipe on a vehicle. In addition, burns can be caused by chemicals, which is often the result of insufficient protective garments.
4. Head injuries
Head injuries can be the most severe of industrial injuries. An injury to the skull can lead to brain damage and have long-term health effects and can even be fatal. Head injuries can be caused by major accidents, such as when somebody falls from height, but also they can be the result of something minor, such as a simple trip or slip, or where workers are not wearing adequate head protection and are struck by falling objects.
3. Broken bones
Broken bones are common industrial injuries and can be caused by all sorts of accidents, from trips and falls, to impacts with heavy machinery. The most common bones broken are the arms and legs, but accidents such as falls from height can result in spinal breakages, which can be particularly serious.
Pulling tendons and tearing muscles is all too common around the workplace and these type of injuries can result from all sorts of industrial activities. Lifting something heavy, or slipping on a wet floor are both common causes of hyperextension, which can affect all sorts of areas of the body. For instance whiplash, which is common after motoring accidents, is a form of hyperextension.
1. Back strain
By far the most common industrial injuries are injuries to the back and by far the most common cause of these is lifting objects that are too heavy, or lifting in the wrong way. Often these sorts of injuries can be avoided with proper manual handling training.
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Author: David Brown