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Women are More Susceptible to Certain Workplace Injuries

Women WorkMen, on the whole, suffer far more work-related injuries and fatalities than women. The reality is that men comprise a larger percentage of the labor force in particularly dangerous occupations such as construction, logging, and mining. Women, however, can certainly be injured or killed while on the job, and females are especially at risk for certain types of injuries. If you are a working woman, it is important to minimize the likelihood of on-the-job injuries whenever possible.

Overexertion and Strain Injuries

In certain industries, there is often pressure placed on female workers to “keep up” with their male counterparts and associates. As a result, women may feel obligated to “prove themselves” in as physical manner. Unfortunately, lifting or carrying more than a person can safely handle is a common cause of injuries such as muscle strains and back sprains. In severe cases, a worker can even suffer permanent tissue and joint damage.

Safe lifting techniques are important, and you should use hand trucks and other tools whenever you can to avoid overexertion. Make extra trips if needed, and do not be afraid to ask a colleague to help with heavy or bulky items.

Knee Problems

There is a growing amount of research showing that women are significantly more likely than men to suffer knee injuries. Specifically, injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are far more prominent among women than among men. Studies suggest the combination of the female anatomy—e.g. wider hips—and estrogen present in the female body contributes to a higher likelihood of knee problems. In a work environment, women must be attentive to how they are standing, moving, and lifting heavy items.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Other types of injuries are more common in fields traditionally dominated by women. For example, administrative workers such as secretaries, medical billers, and receptionist spend most of their day working on computers, placing them at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Hair stylists may be susceptible to joint and muscle problems as a result of being on their feet all the time and moving in awkward ways. Whenever you start a new job, it is important to inquire about the risks so that you can avoid preventable injuries.

We Can Help

If you have suffered an injury while on the job, you may have several options for collecting the compensation you need to get on your feet. Contact an experienced San Jose workplace injury lawyer to discuss your case today. Call (408) 289-1417 for a free consultation at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. and get the guidance you need.

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