Employers in the state of California usually take measures to ensure their employees’ safety at work. However, some employers do not take appropriate safety measures, and that leads to workplace injuries. If the injury occurred while doing a work-related task, they can be held legally responsible for the same. Below we look at the statistics concerning common workplace injuries that is revealed by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
Lifting Heavy Objects
This is the most common reason for workplace injuries in California. From 2010 to 2014, about 56,500 employees got injured annually as they were lifting heavy objects. This resulted in injuries to the back and shoulder.
This is the second most common reason for the injuries at work. On average, about 31,300 employees got injured annually as a result of repetitive motions. Repetitive stress injuries, either temporary or permanent, result in damages to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, or tendons.
Pushing and Pulling
Injuries that occur while pushing and pulling is also common at the workplace. From 2010 to 2014, around 22,000 employees on average got injured annually. Injuries commonly happen while doing this activity in warehouses, factories, shipping site, and construction site. Again, an employer can be held legally responsible for the injury if it happened because of dangerous work conditions.
Flying or Falling Objects
Thousands of employees also get injured as a result of falling from a scaffolding or ladder. In addition, workers get injured by objects that fall when they are below cranes, scaffolds, or some other work that take place above their head.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accident was another common cause of injuries at the workplace, as per the department. During the above-mentioned period, about 30,000 individuals got injured annually at their workplace due to a slip and fall accident. People fall and get injured as a result of a slippery surface, caused due to any liquid spilled upon the floor. The company that employs them will be held liable for a negligent action that led to the slip and fall injury.
If you have sustained an injury at work due to your employer’s negligence, then you should file a claim for workers’ compensation. However, if it denies the claim, then you should consult with a personal injury lawyer right away. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will help you to gather the evidence which can let you get maximum claim possible, for your injury.