No matter how safe a workplace may seem, some accidents are simply unavoidable. This is unfortunate since it means that North Carolina workers and their employers might do everything they can to keep everyone safe, but still end up hurt. Some of the more common examples of workplace injuries can take place almost anywhere and at any time.
Trips and falls are a surprisingly common source of workplace injuries. While oily or wet surfaces are often the cause of falls, poor lighting or simple human error can also lead to a serious tumble. Workers who trip or fall often develop severe or even traumatic injuries that can put them out of work for days, weeks or even longer. These types of injuries often include:
- Pulled muscles
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
Overexertion is another common cause of injury. These injuries are often the result of either long term repetitive movements, or a single occurrence. This means that a construction worker on his or her feet using tools and an office worker sitting at a desk using a computer might be equally likely to suffer an overexertion injury.
Trips, falls and overexertion injuries can happen at any workplace in North Carolina. These types of workplace injuries can have long term consequences too, saddling victims with hefty medical bills and gaps in paychecks. Getting benefits for these types of workplace injuries is often key to both physical and financial recovery, so victims should not delay in exploring their options through the workers’ compensation system.