Workmen’s compensation cases are not always due to a mechanical accident or from workers slipping and injuring themselves (or worse). Workers’ compensation attorneys see all kinds of cases, with occupations and circumstances most may not consider risky — or at least not for obvious reasons.
This year, business analysts at 24/7 Wall St. reported on the 25 most dangerous occupations in the U.S. The good news, of course, is that with the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970, workplace accidents went from 14,000 workplace fatalities that year to less than 5,200 in 2016.
We think of workplace accidents and workers’ compensation cases as being just for those using dangerous equipment or routinely working at great heights. But there are still workplace accidents — in more average professions — with fatal results that aren’t always from slips, falls or being struck by objects.
Overexertion is also a cause of current potential workplace fatalities. Overexertion means pushing oneself past physical limits. It can happen with too much sun exposure, repetitive motion or dehydration, for example.
At No. 3 on the list, with “overexertion” as the most common reported accident cause? Airline pilots, who deal with overnight layovers, varying time zones, etc. Electrical power-line installers, maintenance workers, supervisors of landscapers/grounds crews, and telecommunications line-installers/repair workers also ranked as most commonly having accidents due to overexertion, at Nos. 15, 16, 18 and 19, respectively.
The profession at No. 20 on the list for risk of overexertion include athletes, coaches and umpires, out in the sun and ignoring the signs, with a focus on winning games. No. 21 on the list was construction operators — who are exposed to the elements and pressure of project deadlines.
Repetitive motion work calls for frequent breaks, as muscles that don’t get a chance to recover become fatigued, making the worker more prone to injury.
If you have been injured as a result of workplace overexertion, the Law Office of Brian D. Tadros is available for a free consultation. Give us a call today.