J&Y Law Firm discusses the most common workplace accidents and how to avoid them.

Common Workplace Accidents in California and How to Avoid Them

Workplace accidents can cause serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment and to establish safety procedures to reduce the risk of accidental injury. However, workplace accidents can occur in the safest conditions. A worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, according to the NSC (National Security Council). Our California personal injury attorneys discuss the top three workplace injury events and ways workers can avoid these injuries.

Top Three Workplace Injury Events

According to the NSC, the top three injury events that result in lost time from work are:

  • Overexertion
  • Contact with equipment and objects
  • Falls


Overexertion causes over one-third of all work-related injuries. It can occur from pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, turning, or throwing items. However, overexertion can also occur over time from repetitive motions. Many overexertion injuries result when workers push their bodies beyond their limits, especially when muscles are tired or fatigued. It can also occur from working in awkward positions and temperature extremes.

To prevent overexertion, workers should limit the time they perform repetitive work, take frequent breaks, and, change positions every 20 to 30 minutes. Workers need to think before lifting, pushing, or pulling items. For example, workers should lift with their legs instead of the back. The back should be straight when lifting items. 

Contact with Equipment and Objects

These injuries can occur when a worker is caught between equipment, struck by equipment, or equipment falls on the worker. The injuries caused by contact with equipment and other objects can be traumatic. Workers who are caught between equipment or crushed by equipment often sustain permanent disabilities.

To prevent these types of workplace accidents, workers should pay close attention to their jobs. Distraction is a common cause of injuries from contact with equipment or objects. Heavy objects should be stored near the floor to prevent falling equipment and objects. Employees need to follow all safety procedures when working with heavy equipment and wear protective gear, including hard hats and steel-toed boots.


Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace can cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and death. This category of workplace accidents includes falls from high levels and falls on the same level. Distraction can also be a common cause of this type of workplace accident. 

Paying attention to the environment and the job can help avoid falls. Also, wearing harnesses and other safety equipment can prevent falls from high levels. Keeping areas clean, especially walkways, can avoid falls on the same level.

Contact a California Personal Injury Attorney for Help

Being injured at work can result in substantial medical expenses and time away from work. While workers’ compensation pays for reasonable medical bills, it does not reimburse the total loss of income and other damages. In some cases, a third party could be liable for these damages.

If you have a question or concern about a workplace injury, contact a California personal injury attorney now. An attorney can review your case to determine whether you are entitled to additional workers’ compensation benefits. Schedule a consult with one of our California personal injury attorneys today. Our attorneys can also review the accident to determine if you have a third-party claim for additional damages.