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What are the most common workplace injuries?

If you get injured on the job in Florida, you may be unable to work for some time. While workers’ compensation may be an option for some people, a claim does not always work out the way you think it will.

If you are lucky enough to be reading this before you have been injured, you should know about some of the more common injuries that happen in any job field so you can take steps to avoid something from happening in the first place.

Slips, trips and falls

Whether slipping on the floor to toppling down to the floor below, the National Safety Council points out that 25.8 percent of all workplace injuries result from slips, trips, or falls. You can avoid this by keeping workplace areas free of clutter and messes and being careful to place ladders on solid, even surfaces.

Crushed in, caught in, or struck by equipment

Heavy equipment or machinery is involved in 26 percent of all workplace injuries. You can protect yourself by wearing the proper protective gear, being aware of your surroundings and storing heavy objects close to the floor.

Overexertion

Most people who get injured on the job do so from a train or injury from repetitive motion.

Make sure to look up the proper technique for whatever you are doing all day long, whether it be typing at a keyboard, cutting vegetables in a kitchen or lifting heavy loads. The majority of back strains can be avoided by lifting with a straight back and holding the load closer to your body, avoiding any twisting throughout the process.