Work Related Injuries

Work Related Injuries

What is a Work-Related Injury?

Work-related injuries can cause major disability that is detrimental to the employee's work and personal life. A work-related injury is any injury sustained while at work. There are many types of work related injuries, the 10 most common causes of work related injuries are:

  • Overexertion - such as pushing, lifting, carrying.
  • Fall on same level surfaces - slippery or wet floors.
  • Fall to lower level - falling from roofs or ladders.
  • Bodily reaction - caused by the bodies reaction to slipping without hitting the ground.
  • Struck by Object - falling objects.
  • Struck against an object - accidentally hitting body part against an object.
  • Road incident - travelling while at work.
  • Caught in/compressed by - usually getting body part caught in machinery.
  • Repetitive motion - typing, computer work.
  • Assaults.

All of these causes can lead to tissue damage that may result in pain, swelling, stiffness or weakness. It is important that if you have sustained a work place injury that you report the injury through the correct channels to ensure the Health and Safety officer is aware. This can insure that you get the correct cover for treatment. Sometimes your employer may be an accredited employer and may have its own insurer other than ACC.

If you feel that you have a work place injury that is due to repetitive tasks or overuse,  it is important to see your Doctor to fill out the appropriate ACC documentation. Physiotherapists are unable to initiate gradual onset ACC claims.

Physiotherapy and Work-Related Injuries

Your physiotherapist will be able to assess your injury, treat it effectively, and determine whether there are any work factors that require changing in order to make your workplace safe.This may include a work site visit to look at a computer station setup, or to view the type of objects you are required to lift.

At times it may be necessary to have a plan for a safe return to work. This can be a gradual return if necessary and will require input from your employer to ensure all parties are happy with the plan.