Survey Says That One in Five Americans Have Been Injured on the JobBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 8, 2014 | In Workers Compensation News
A new survey conducted by FindLaw.com says that 21% of Americans have suffered an injury on the job that was severe enough to make them take time off from work. The survey, which asked 1,000 employees about their workplace experiences, broke down what the most common workplace injuries are, who suffered them, and who didn’t report an injury for fear of workplace retaliation.
According to the survey, a majority of injuries involved slip and fall accidents (31 percent), repetitive motion injuries (20 percent) and other musculoskeletal injuries, such as overexertion, lifting, back pain etc. (37 percent).
On the gender front, men tend to get injured on the job more than women (26 percent vs.16 percent). However, women tend to suffer more repetitive motion injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) whereas men tend to get injured more by machinery or from being struck by an object.
Frighteningly, nearly 10 percent of workers said that they did not report a workplace injury to management because they feared reprisal. Retaliation can be anything from termination to workplace harassment or denial of promotions. Nearly three percent who responded to the survey said they did not report multiple injuries that they had suffered.
Workplace safety experts have implied that some workplace safety incentives, which can include monetary awards and bonuses for an injury-free workplace, may actually act as a disincentive for reporting injuries. The reasoning is that employees may not want to report an injury for fear of losing a reward or causing their fellow employees to miss a bonus.
Although it is against federal law for any employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting a workplace injury or hazard, this survey indicates that the employer/employee relationship still has far to go when it comes to full compliance of the law.
Have you been injured on the job and can’t go back to work? It can be a frightening and confusing time for you and your family. Fortunately, the Kenton Koszdin Law office can help clear up some of your confusion. We are dedicated to seeing that you get all the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.
Call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. We offer free in-home consultations.