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What are the 10 most common workplace injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Types Of Work-Related Injuries, Workers' Compensation |

Workers in California face certain risks on the job no matter where they are employed. These are the 10 most common types of workplace injuries.

Repetitive motion injuries

Repetitive motion injuries happen when workers continuously perform the same motions, putting strain on areas of the body. For example, a computer workstation that’s not ergonomic can result in this injury.

Acts of violence

Violent acts between coworkers or an employee and a customer can leave serious injuries. Certain workplaces have a higher risk of violent acts being carried out.

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents are common in many workplaces. It can result in injuries serious enough that the individual needs to miss time from work and file for workers’ compensation. Strains, sprains, fractures and even traumatic brain injuries can occur.

Falling objects

Factory workers are at high risk of injury from falling objects. Protective gear can keep workers from the most serious injuries, but employers need to make conditions safer.

Vehicle accidents

Whether an employee drives for their job or has to operate a vehicle such as a forklift, vehicle accidents are common. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and even death.

Machinery accidents

Workers can suffer severe injuries like severed limbs. They can even get crushed when they have an accident involving machinery.

Falls from heights

Construction workers are at a high risk of falling from heights on the job. Sadly, many workers can die when falling from a roof, scaffolding or ladders. Protective equipment is needed to keep them safer.


Electricians and workers who handle cables and wires are at greater risk of electrocution. Employers are required to maintain safe conditions.

Struck against stationary objects

Workers who aren’t fully alert can get injured by walking or bumping into a stationary object. Keeping walkways clear can help protect workers.

Bodily exertions

Strenuous bodily exertion from jobs requiring manual labor can leave workers injured. These injuries occur in all types of jobs.

Filing for workers’ comp is common with any of these on-the-job injuries. Workers’ comp can help pay for an employee’s expenses while they recover.