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Common causes of workplace injuries

Most people understand the risks that construction workers and other physical laborers in New Jersey face each day on the job. Falling from heights, overexertion and accidents involving work equipment are a few of the risks. While physical labor may have more obvious risks, even those who are in sedentary jobs could be injured in the workplace.

Every year around the country, there are around 3 million on-the-job injuries reported, and about one-third of them cause the victims to miss at least one day of work while they recover. The majority of injured workers are hurt when they use excessive physical effort to lift, pull, carry or push an object. These overexertion injuries can be avoided with correct lifting techniques and breaks.

Roadway accidents are another common cause of workplace injuries that people may not think about. Workers who drive as part of their job can avoid serious car accident injuries by wearing a seat belt and only driving the types of vehicles that they have received training on. Another common cause of work-related injuries is repetitive motions. Factory and office workers may be the most at risk for these injuries that in many cases can be avoided with frequent breaks and attention to proper ergonomics.

Most New Jersey companies are required to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage, and benefits provided thereby for job accident victims can include medical care as well as partial wage replacement. There are strict time and other requirements involved in the process, and thus some injured workers appreciate the help of an attorney when preparing and filing the required claim.

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