Workers most at risk of injury and common workplace injuries

work injuries occupations most at riskSuffering injury at work can be quite frightening experience and it can happen to anyone. A serious injury may result in unemployment and can have a serious impact on a family in many ways and can affect a family financially. If you have suffered an injury and need quick independent advice, call: 1800 006 766.

There are many different types of injuries that can occur in the workplace but who is the most at risk?

It’s no surprise that physical jobs are high on the list. Labourers run the highest risk with the highest incidence rates of serious injury. Production workers, transport workers are also considered high risk as well as trades persons.

The most common work-related injuries are sprains and strains which accounts for 42% of serious workers’ compensation claims according to the Key Work and Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2014 report by Safe Work Australia. Diseases too were a big factor but in many cases it is difficult to link the disease directly to the workplace. There were several hundred deaths by Mesothelioma a disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

The report also looks at injury rates by industry. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries had the highest incidence rate of serious injury for many years. Second to that was manufacturing and transport.

Getting the right advice early on will help injured workers become more aware of their legal options following an injury. If an injury has put a person out of work what about those lost future earnings? What about the lost Superannuation? These have been taken away because of the injury and need to be considered when negotiating and settling a claim for injury compensation.

A law firm or independent lawyer may be worth their weight in gold if you have suffered a permanent or serious injury and when someone has been negligent. You may receive a much larger lump sum payout that does consider future economic losses as well as all the past and present out of pocket expenses and losses.

Contact Work Compensation an independent helpline today and ask all the questions you need to. You can get the forms you need, a free case review, fact sheets and general information. The service is free to use call: 1800 006 766 sooner rather than later as strict time limits apply.

If you need legal advice Work Compensation will arrange this for you with a recommended lawyer who specialises in the right area of law; personal injury law.