Common Work Injuries
Among Various Age Groups
Slippery surfaces are a big risk in the workplace, especially for young workers in the service industry.
Repeated heavy lifting can be a common cause of muscle strains, especially among older laborers.
Being struck by falling objectsFalling objects are one of the most common causes of on-site injuries, namely among construction workers and contractors.
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 crashesConstruction and factory laborers often operate heavy machinery, which carries the potential for collisions and crashes.
Cuts and lacerationsPower saws, trimmers, and heavy machinery are common causes of cuts and lacerations for laborers in the workplace.
Exposure to toxic fumesWhether 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 workersare the most at-risk for work injuries, according to a report on Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Males under the age of 25had higher injury claim rates than males over the age of 25.
Females under the age of 25had lower injury claim rates than females over the age of 25.
Female injury claim rateswere one-half to two-thirds less frequent than male injury claim rates.
For all ages, the most common types
of work-related injuries include:
- Inadequate training
- Inadequate safety procedures
- Not wearing protective gear
- EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL SUBSTANCES