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Understanding Common Workplace Injuries for Women

October 12th, 2020 at 10:11 pm

work-injuriesIn general, men suffer the vast majority of workplace injuries and work-related fatalities in a given year. Compared to women, men are injured in much greater numbers, without question. This is largely due to the reality that men generally make up a much larger portion of the workforce that engages in occupations that are commonly considered to be dangerous, such as logging, construction, and mining. However, it is important to realize that women can certainly suffer injuries at work, and, in fact, women are at higher risk than men for specific kinds of injuries.

Overexertion Injuries

If you are a working woman, you may feel pressure in many situations to “keep up” with your male coworkers and colleagues. Depending on the type of job you have, this pressure can be dangerous. For example, trying to match your coworkers’ sales numbers is one thing. Trying to lift or carry more than you can handle safely is another thing entirely. Doing so can cause serious injury to your muscles, back, and joints.

It is important for both men and women to utilize safe lifting techniques. Hand trucks, forklifts, and other tools should be used whenever possible to reduce the risk of overexertion. Additionally, never be afraid to ask a coworker for help lifting bulky or heavy items.

Knee Injuries

Over the last few decades, intense research into the subject has shown that women suffer serious knee injuries at a much higher rate than men do. In particular, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are much more common in women than in men. Clinical research has suggested that characteristics associated with the female body, such as wider hips and lower muscle mass in the legs, combined with hormones such as estrogen combine to contribute to a higher rate of knee problems for women. At work, therefore, women need to be aware of how they move, stand, and lift heavy items, especially if the lifting requires any type of twisting motion.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Certain types of work injuries are more common among women because the injuries themselves are associated with jobs more often held by women. Many administrative workers, including receptionists, secretaries, and medical billers, spend nearly all of their workday at a computer. The repetitive motion or repetitive strain of constant computer use is commonly linked to an increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome and similar injuries. Likewise, hairstylists are often especially susceptible to muscle and joint issues caused by standing all day and bending in awkward ways. When beginning a new job, you should also ask about the possible injury risks so that you can take steps to keep yourself safe.

A Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help

If you were injured at work in Illinois, you are likely eligible to collect benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation program. To learn more about your options, or for help with filing your claim, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3702781/

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/women/default.html

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