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How many workplace injuries take place annually?

It will likely come as a shock to most Olympia residents that a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds across the country. This amounts to 4,600,000 worker injuries a year. What is even more staggering to know is that most of these injuries are preventable, had proper precautions been taken in the workplace and training and equipment been provided to workers.

Workers work hard to complete their tasks at work and make a name for themselves. In return, they expect their employers to be as invested in their well being as they are. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and hardworking workers are injured as a result. A worker's safety is ultimately his or her employer's responsibility, and this should not be shirked at any cost.

The most common types of injuries are sprains, tears and strains, with soreness and pain as the second most common. Cuts and lacerations are the third most common types of injuries suffered in the workplace. Lost work days are most commonly caused by over exertion through repetitive motion and lifting or lowering heavy items. Just over 25 percent of injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls on either a lower level or the same level. Service workers find themselves the most likely to become injured, with transportation workers and manufacturing employees coming in second and third.

There are a number of steps employers can take to create a safe working environment. However, despite this, if a work accident still takes place, injuring an employee, he or she can file a workers' compensation claim. An experienced attorney can discuss one's options with an injured worker.

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