Top 10 Causes of Work-Related Injuries

By Kevin Sandstrom | Workers’ Compensation

Injuries at work can happen in a host of ways, but according to industry research, here’s a list of some of the most common causes of disabling injuries at work:

  1. Lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, twisting, and other overexertion/material handling type injuries
  2. Falls not involving heights, including tripping, slipping, etc. and falling to the floor or into objects
  3. Falls from heights, such as ladders, scaffolding, or roofs
  4. Being struck by moving/falling objects or equipment
  5. Accidents involving tools/machines
  6. Motor vehicle-related incidents while on-the-job
  7. Slips or trips without a fall
  8. Being caught or crushed by moving equipment/machinery
  9. Repetitive motion injuries/overuse/cumulative trauma
  10. Chronic sickness/disease caused by workplace exposure (e.g. chemical exposure, fumes, etc.)

The resulting injured body parts from workplace incidents can vary just as widely as the many different causes of injuries, but frequently seen bodily injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains, particularly to the neck and back (spine), and joints like shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles
  • Muscle, tendon or ligament tears
  • Cuts, bruises, scrapes and contusions
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Concussions and other closed head injuries

Regardless of the cause of the workplace injury, or body part injured, all injuries that arise out of and occur in the course of employment are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Always consult a lawyer if you’ve been injured on the job.


If you have any questions about the content of this article or need of have been injured on the job please contact attorney Kevin Sandstrom at 651-351-2134, or email at

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