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Common Work Injuries
Among Various Age Groups

Common Types of Work Injuries

Falls, slips, and trips

Slippery surfaces are a big risk in the workplace, especially for young workers in the service industry.

Muscle strains

Repeated heavy lifting can be a common cause of muscle strains, especially among older laborers.

Being struck by falling objects

Falling objects are one of the most common causes of on-site injuries, namely among construction workers and contractors.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

These types of injuries are the result of performing one repetitive motion over and over again. While anyone can develop them, RSIs become more common as workers age.

Collisions and crashes

Construction and factory laborers often operate heavy machinery, which carries the potential for collisions and crashes.

Cuts and lacerations

Power saws, trimmers, and heavy machinery are common causes of cuts and lacerations for laborers in the workplace.

Exposure to toxic fumes

Whether working in a lab or on a construction site, exposure and inhalation to toxic chemicals puts laborers at risk.

Common Injuries at Work by Age Group

Adolescent workers

are the most at-risk for work injuries, according to a report on Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Males under the age of 25

had higher injury claim rates than males over the age of 25.

Females under the age of 25

had lower injury claim rates than females over the age of 25.

Female injury claim rates

were one-half to two-thirds less frequent than male injury claim rates.

For all ages, the most common types
of work-related injuries include:

  • Amputations
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Sprains

Common Causes of Work-Related Injuries

  • Inadequate training
  • Inattentiveness
  • Inadequate safety procedures

  • Overexertion
  • Not wearing protective gear

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