Common Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in Utah

Over 4 million Americans are injured or develop an illness due to their work conditions every year, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Meanwhile, more than 5,600 more die annually because of work-related incidents. While we have federal and state laws that address safety and health hazards, workplace accidents continue to occur.

Some professions — logging, roofing and steel and iron welding, for example — are notorious for their high risk of work-related injuries. This does not mean, however, that desk jobs can’t result in serious personal injuries. In fact, some of the most common workplace injuries, such over-exertion and slip-and-fall accidents, can occur anywhere.

These common injuries and illnesses fall under Utah’s worker’s compensation law:

  • Slip-and-fall injuries: Wet floors, electrical cords, cracked pavement and other hazards can result in slips, trips and falls.
  • Auto accidents: Some people, even those without a professional driver’s license, need to be on the road for their jobs and may get into an accident while traveling for work.
  • Violence: You may file a third-party claim when someone else causes your workplace injuries.

People who work at factories and construction sites should also be wary of these common workplace hazards:

  • Being struck by sharp or heavy objects: This happens most often at construction sites and factories, but it can occur in other locations as well.
  • Getting caught in machinery: People who operate heavy machinery may get caught in a piece of equipment. In some cases, the equipment might compress or crush the operator.
  • Striking an object: When objects are frequently moved around or left out in areas where people walk, you might accidentally run into them.

Workplace injuries are more common if you have a hazardous job or labor under dangerous working conditions. But these are not the only circumstances in which you can be eligible for worker’s comp. You may develop an injury due to chronic work-related conditions. The most common results of such conditions are:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis: These injuries develop over time as the result of overexertion and repetitive motions, such as gripping and typing. Get it checked the moment you feel something so that you don’t go beyond state limitations for reporting such injuries to your employer.
  • Mental injuries: Stress is always going to be a part of the job, no matter your industry. Unusually stressful work conditions or exceptionally stressful work events, however, may trigger psychological problems. You may file a worker’s comp claim for mental injuries with proper documentation.

If you suffer an injury on the job or develop illness due to your position, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. In Utah, this includes your medical coverage, disability benefits and lost wages if your condition forces you to miss work.

Attorney Phil Shell is an expert of worker’s compensation law in Utah. He makes sure you get proper compensation for your work-related illness or injuries. Give him a call today — it’s free, but the information and support he provides is priceless.


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