Sprains and Strains at Work
Sprains and strains along with other neuromusculoskeletal system injuries account for nearly two-thirds of work related accidents.
The occupations with the overall greatest number of injuries are laborers, material movers, tractor-trailer truck drivers, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
What causes work injuries affecting the neuromusculoskeletal system?
Work injuries such as sprains are frequently caused by:
a) repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands
b) frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects
c) prolonged awkward postures
Jobs or working conditions that combine risk factors will increase the risk for musculoskeletal problems. The level of risk depends on factors like how long a worker is exposed to these conditions, how often they are exposed, and the level of exposure.
Where can I get information about my rights if I get injured at work?
A great resource is the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Handbook which is available to all Illinois employees in English and Spanish.
We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers using the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Handbook for your convenience.
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