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What are the Greatest Risks for At-Work Injuries and Illnesses?

June 29 , 2022

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our experienced Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know that the leading causes of workplace deaths and nonfatal injuries and illnesses are not always the same.

Overexertion — including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects — and bodily reactions have long been the leading cause of work-related injuries and illnesses, the recent exception of its lead was in 2020, during COVID-19.

That year, transportation incidents were the leading cause of workplace death, and exposure to harmful substances or environments was the leading cause of injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, which included contagious and infectious diseases like COVID-19.

While the leading factors in North Carolina workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities may change, below is information to increase awareness of the greatest ongoing injury and illness risks on the job.

What are the Greatest Risks for On-the-Job Injuries and Illnesses?

According to the National Safety Council, the top risks for on-the-job injuries and illnesses include:

Overexertion and Bodily Reaction Injuries

  • Last year, there were 255,490 injuries and illnesses caused by overexertion and bodily reaction resulting in days away from work.
  • The age group most at risk: 45 to 64
  • Industry most at risk: Transportation and warehousing
  • Typical workdays lost: 14
  • Most frequent case type: Back injuries

Slips, Trips, & Falls Injuries

  • Last year, there were 211,640 injuries and illnesses caused by slips, trips, and falls resulting in days away from work.
  • The age group most at risk: 55 and over
  • Industry most at risk: Transportation and warehousing were tied with agriculture for being most at risk.
  • Typical workdays lost: 14
  • Most frequent case type: Sprains, strains, and tears

If you were injured at work in North Carolina, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you have questions about where to start, or have been denied benefits already, contact our skilled Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys for help today.

Contact Our Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina For Help Today

Our dedicated workers’ compensation law firm provides free consultations to all injured North Carolina employees by calling 704-376-1616 or contacting us online

Our Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation attorneys and a skilled team of lawyers and support staff in Charlotte are here to manage each detail of your case, so you can focus on your recovery.

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