According to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, overexertion and bodily reactions resulted in the highest number of workers’ compensation claims. Approximately 38% of applicants in a two-year period suffered from serious injuries caused by overexerting themselves.
Both male and female employees experienced nearly an equal amount of harm from overexertion. Excessive force while carrying out a physical activity is the typical cause of exertion and its associated injuries.
Falling, slipping or tripping at work was the second most common injury. As reported by Safety and Health magazine, slips, trips and falls amounted to 29% of the claims filed for workers’ compensation in Massachusetts during a two-year study period.
Most accident-prone industries
The highest number of injured employees in the Pilgrim State came from the warehouse and transportation industries. Messengers and couriers faced the greatest risk of injuries, followed by accidents in which employees drove a truck. More than half of the injuries were because of bodily strains or sprains.
Repetitive motions and work-related injuries
Tasks that require continuous and repetitive motions, such as lifting and assembly-line work, may cause muscular overexertion. This may lead to strains or sprains affecting joints, tendons and muscle groups. Developing a debilitating condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome, however, occurs over time. During its initial stages, an employee may decide to “tough it out” by putting up with mild pain, but a repetitive stress injury may eventually grow painful enough to prevent an individual from working.
Workers’ compensation claims and legal action
An individual who can no longer perform his or her duties because of repetitive stress, overexertion or a workplace accident may file a claim for workers’ compensation. Applications do not require an employee’s proof that he or she did not cause the injury.
State law requires Massachusetts employers with one or more full- or part-time employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Employers that either hamper the application process or terminate an employee who applies for benefits may face a legal action.