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What are the most common worker injuries?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common type of workplace injuries that cause employees to be absent from their work are those related to tears, sprains or strains of the muscles. In 2012, those types of injuries accounted for 38 percent of reported injuries.

The BLS also notes that in 2012, the most common reason that was reported for such injuries was that workers overexerted themselves when picking up or setting down something. In industrial and other work spaces, it's critical for employees to follow safety precautions and training about machine operations, lifting techniques, etc. Employers usually provide training to reduce the chance of injuries.

While following requirements and safety protocols can drastically reduce the risk of injuries in an industrial environment, workers can't always stop accidents from happening. Lifting and straining were not the only types of injuries reported by the BLS. Other workplace injuries included falls, slipping or tripping on something but not falling, getting struck by a moving object or piece of machinery and even violence from another worker.

When reviewing what part of the body is injured, reports from 2012 indicate that back injuries are the most common. Shoulders and knees are tied for second, with ankles named as the third most prevalent. Around 8 percent of injuries in 2012 were reportedly to multiple areas of the body. In an industrial accident such as an explosion, workers could sustain extensive damages.

Whether you are dealing with a single-point injury or multiple injuries, your medical expenses and losses can add up fast. If you are struggling following a workplace injury in an industrial space, know that you have options for seeking compensation for your losses.

Source: Business Insider, "The Most Common Way Americans Injure Themselves On The Job," Max Nisen, accessed Nov. 26, 2015

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