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Report: Overexertion causes most disabling occupational injuries

Illinois employees can experience a workplace injury in any profession, from light office work to demanding construction labor. Depending on the injury, they may be out of work for days or weeks to recover, or suffer a debilitating injury that leaves them in chronic pain and unable to return to work.

Research by the National Safety Council has revealed that the top cause of disabling injuries among all professions in the United States is overexertion. This type of accident is reportedly more common than other leading workplace injury types, including falls, being struck by objects and motor vehicle accidents. The type of overexertion mentioned involves outside sources, such as lifting heavy objects. It can also entail pulling or pushing objects, such as a worker pulling machinery into place or pushing stockroom items onto a shelf.

Overexertion injuries often involve the spine, according to Spine-health. Back injuries can include spraining or straining muscle tissue around the spine. An injury might also bruise or rupture the discs between vertebrae or damage the ligaments supporting the spine. Spine injuries, not surprisingly, often require extensive therapy and rehabilitation. In some cases, surgery is necessary, and treatment is not guaranteed to be effective. Workers who have suffered a severe injury due to overexertion may be unable to walk, bend or lift without pain.

The risk of receiving a back or joint injury from overexertion is a major reason that employees are often taught how to properly lift and move objects in safety training. However, such training is not always conducted, or employees may not observe proper lifting techniques. When pursuing a workers' compensation claim, employees may need the assistance of a workers' compensation attorney.

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