You hear a lot about the most dangerous occupations. Construction workers have high injury rates. Deep-sea fishermen face extreme hazards. Truck drivers face everyday risks simply because the road is a dangerous place. Roofers and others who work at heights need to know that even one mistake could prove fatal.
All of this may be true, but you don’t want to overlook the fact that injuries can and do happen to workers who think they have chosen very safe occupations. These workers may still have a right to workers’ comp if they are hurt on the job.
The role of repetition
One issue is repetition, which is very hard on your body. Someone who works on an assembly line, for instance, may make generally the same motion hundreds of times per day. That may be fine for years, but those motions start to add up, and the cumulative effect can lead to pain and even disability.
Sitting isn’t as safe as you think
Sitting in an office chair sounds like the safest thing you could do, and it’s true that accidents are rare. That doesn’t mean you’re safe from injury, though. Many office workers complain of severe back and shoulder pain. Lower back pain can get so bad that they find it hard to function on a daily basis. Again, it’s the cumulative effect that matters.
Small hazards are everywhere
Finally, office workers may face minor hazards that could still lead to major injuries. Say you slip and fall on a wet floor, striking your head on the tile. Or you grab the banister on the stairs, only to find that it’s loose as you start tumbling down the steps. Maybe you have a messy coworker who doesn’t think about anyone else and leaves trip hazards all over the place. Any of these issues can lead to head injuries, back injuries, brain injuries and much more.
Knowing how to seek compensation
Injured workers have a right to workers’ comp. Be sure you know how and when to seek it, along with how to navigate the process after an injury.