Pennsylvania is a state with many thriving industries, including the manufacturing industry. While this line of work can provide you with many opportunities and a nice living, it also means dealing with the risk of certain injuries. Here’s more information about the most common injuries that manufacturing workers experience.
Coming into contact with other objects
Many jobs in the manufacturing industry are hands-on roles. Some manufacturing companies depend on workers to use hand tools to complete tasks. Other companies might have lots of objects moving down a line for workers to inspect. With so many items getting used, it’s no wonder that 40% of all injuries among manufacturing workers result from coming into contact with another object.
A fair amount of manufacturing injuries are the result of overexertion. You can overexert yourself by lifting too much weight or working long shifts. It can also be dangerous for others to work around someone who is dealing with overexertion. Overexertion is the cause of about 24% of injuries in the manufacturing industry.
Repetitive motion injuries
As most manufacturing workers can attest, working in this industry can mean performing a lot of repetitive tasks. Over time, performing repetitive motions can lead to chronic pain and might impact your ability to keep working. Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are not unusual repetitive motion injuries. If your employer isn’t doing anything to stop repetitive motion injuries, and you develop problems over time, you might have a legitimate workers’ compensation claim.
To summarize, several injuries are commonly reported in the manufacturing industry. If you recently got injured while working, whether or not you think the claim is being handled properly, it’s time to contact a Pennsylvania certified specialist workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the best courses of action regarding your workers’ compensation claim.