Common CT Workplace Injuries | Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo

Sep 23, 2021

In Connecticut, the workers’ compensation system is supposed to assist injured workers in getting the medical care and compensation they need to recover. Unfortunately, large corporations and insurance companies are focused on keeping costs down to protect their bottom line. This is where the Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo comes in. We’re here to help injured workers receive the full compensation they deserve.

Injuries are possible in even the lowest risk office environments. Business owners should be aware of the most common work-related injuries and how to prevent them from happening, to avoid becoming embattled in a lengthy workers’ compensation dispute. Employees themselves should become educated on injury risks in the workplace to prevent them and stay safe.

According to data compiled by OSHA and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following are the most common workplace injuries in America today:

  1. Slip and Fall

Perhaps the most common workplace injury across industries is the slip and fall injury. From offices to warehouses and factories, the risk of slipping on freshly mopped floors or in a puddle of spilled liquid is always there. Without proper caution signs indicating a wet floor, the employer can be held responsible for this injury.

  1. Struck by Moving Objects

Employees in the workplace are often injured by moving objects. This can include falling items like boxes, building materials, or tools. It also includes injuries sustained from being struck by moving machinery. Moving or falling objects can cause serious traumatic brain injuries in employees.

Workplaces can prevent injury by falling or moving objects by posting warning signs where falling objects are likely and require protective equipment like hardhats and goggles in construction zones.

  1. Struck Against Stationary Objects

On the opposite side of the spectrum, workers can also be injured by striking their bodies against stationary objects. Sometimes, distracted workers walk or run into poles, walls, windows, machinery, or vehicles, resulting in head, knee, neck, or foot injury.

Companies should put policies into place to limit cellphone use and other distractions in hazardous environments to avoid this kind of injury.

  1. Overexertion

Overexertion injuries occur when workers strain too hard while completing a task. These job-related injuries can manifest as strained, pulled, or torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as chronic pain or joint issues, which are often severe.

Workers should be provided ample training on how to perform work tasks like heavy lifting and be allowed adequate break time to give their bodies a rest during the workday, to avoid overexertion injuries.

  1. Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries occur in just the way they sound – by performing motions repetitively. By completing the same action in excessive repetition, workers can experience cumulative trauma to their bodies. One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve damage caused by repetitive motions. It affects a wide variety of workers, from assembly line workers to office personnel.

If you are injured in the workplace, contact the Law Offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo to consult with an experienced workplace injury lawyer to determine the best course of action to receive the full benefits and compensation you deserve.

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