1. Home
  2.  | 
  3. Workers' Compensation
  4.  | What are the most common workplace-related injuries?

What are the most common workplace-related injuries?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics provides insights into the frequency of work-related injuries and illnesses in New Jersey. The research specifically focuses on the number of days employees are unable to work due to these incidents.

What the data reveals

The Bureau’s categories are broad, encompassing several subcategories, with most related to workers’ compensation claims. During 2021-2022, the following emerged as the primary causes for employee absenteeism:

  • Exposure to harmful environments or substances
  • Overexertion and bodily impact injuries
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Injury from objects and equipment
  • Violence and other injuries from people or animals
  • Transportation incidents
  • Fire and explosions

The primary category of non-fatal incidents related to harmful substances or unsafe work environments represented 28% of occurrences, involving factors like exposure to electricity, radiation and various toxic substances. Overexertion and bodily reactions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back problems, followed closely at 23%. Slips, trips and falls, along with injuries caused by objects or equipment, were equally prevalent at 20%. The final category encompasses incidents like workers getting caught between equipment, objects falling on them and collapsing structures.

What happens if I can’t work because of injury?

Those suffering from the top three injury types highlighted in the report averaged 13 to 14 days away from work, indicating that certain individuals might face extended absences based on the nature of their injuries. Anyone who has sustained an injury on the job has a right to file a workers’ compensation claim.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, you should file your claim promptly. Make sure you have all necessary evidence, such as medical records and a detailed report outlining what took place. Following all necessary requirements for filing for workers’ compensation will increase your chances of success.