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Most Common Workplace Injuries in California

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Posted By DAM Firm | April 5 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries can lead to significant setbacks for those affected, including an influx of medical bills as well as an inability to earn an income. Here, we want to examine some of the most common injuries that affect the workplace in California. Some of these injuries are common across every type of workplace, while others are much more specific to hazardous industries, such as shipping, agriculture, and industrial. Information available from the California Department of Industrial Relations shows that several types of injuries are more common than others. 

Common Workplace Injuries

Lifting Objects

One of the most common requirements for individuals looking to gain employment is that they be able to lift a certain amount of pounds. Just about every job comes with some type of lifting, but some jobs require more lifting than others. Improper lifting techniques and insufficient equipment could lead to an individual sustaining severe shoulder, neck, or back injuries.

Falling From Heights

Falling from heights is a common workplace incident that leads to catastrophic injuries. Even though falling from heights can occur in just about any type of workplace, it is much more likely to occur in the construction or other type of industrial industries. Falling from any type of height can lead to major injuries, particularly those that affect the brain or spine, and lead to lifelong disabilities.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slip, trip, and fall injuries can certainly occur in any type of workplace. These incidents can occur as a result of wet floors, inadequate flooring material, inadequate lighting in a workspace, obstacles and pedestrian pathways, and more.

Repetitive Motions

Repetitive motion injuries happen when a person performs the same motion over and over again, often for a period of months or years. These types of injuries can take some time to manifest and show symptoms, often years after the initial repetitive motion activities begin.

Contact With an Object

Coming into contact with other equipment can occur in a wide variety of ways, and this category of injury can include getting struck by a vehicle, getting struck by heavy equipment, or somehow striking another object in the workplace. Contacting other objects is more common in workplaces where there is lots of movement, including factories, industrial work floors, warehouses, etc.


Lacerations happen anytime a worker sustains a cut or puncture wound on the job, and these injuries can affect the skin, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Depending on where the laceration occurs, these injuries can keep individuals from performing their daily work and home activities.

Pushing and Pulling

There are plenty of jobs where individuals must push and pull various objects in the workplace. This can include heavy equipment and supplies. Pushing and pulling can lead to significant stress on the body, especially if a worker does not have the proper equipment to push or pull with.

Contact an Attorney for Help Today

If you were somebody you care about has been injured on the job, we encourage you to reach out to a skilled attorney for help. A Riverside workers’ compensation lawyer can fully investigate the facts related to your particular situation and help you determine the best steps moving forward. This can include an appeal of a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party personal injury lawsuit.

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