Workers’ Compensation And Personal Injury Attorneys

What are the top causes of workplace injuries?

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Workplace Injuries

While businesses can implement safety measures to reduce the risk of workplace injuries, some accidents may be unavoidable. Without the right policies, employees could be in danger of getting hurt, especially if their jobs involve dangerous tasks.

In North Carolina, this issue remains persistent, with roughly 74,300 non-fatal injuries and illnesses at work recorded in 2022. In this blog, we outline the top causes of workplace injuries to help business owners develop more informed safety policies.

Slips and falls

Employees can get hurt when they slip on wet surfaces or fall while sitting on or leaning against unstable objects.

Slip-and-fall cases also include incidents involving ladders or collapsing structures. These injuries are common on roofs, scaffolding, or other elevated structures.

Exposure to dangerous substances

Exposure to hazardous materials can also be dangerous for workers. Below are only some of the elements that may be harmful to employees:

  • Electricity
  • Radiation
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Sudden change in air or water pressure

For example, medical and health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and hospital aides, are vulnerable to infectious diseases while on duty. Meanwhile, law enforcement officers may suffer from mental and emotional distress after experiencing traumatic events on the field.


Overexertion can result from excessive physical effort or repetitive motions. Workers who do a lot of lifting or throwing may strain their bodies, leading to serious health issues.

Individuals working at their desks for eight hours daily may also develop back problems. Even if they do not exert strenuous effort, their work may still strain their bodies.

Knowing these causes can help employers develop more effective safety measures. This way, they can protect employees, prevent injuries and reduce the risk of lawsuits.