In 2009, there were 63,130 cases of work-related illness and injury in Kansas. According to the Kansas Division of Workers’ Compensation, the most common on-the-job injuries include:
 
1. Strains: 14,288 injuries
2. Other: 11,210 injuries; 14 fatalities
3. Lacerations: 8,779 injuries
4. Contusions: 7,043 injuries
5. Sprains:  3,377 injuries
6. Punctures: 3,174 injuries
7. Foreign body: 2,349 injuries; 1 fatality
8. Fractures: 2,154 injuries
9. Multiple physical injuries only: 1,942 injuries; 4 fatalities
10. Burns: 1,439 injuries; 1 fatality
 
These top ten ways that workers are hurt while on the job are:
  
1. Lifting: 6,317 injuries
2. Slip or fall: 3,733 injuries; 1 fatality
3. Strain or injury by miscellaneous: 3,496 injuries; 1 fatality
4. Object being listed or handled: 2,942 injuries
5. Falling or flying object: 2,881 injuries
6. Striking or falling against an object: 2,844 injuries
7. Struck or injured by a fellow worker or patient: 2,509 injuries
8. Injured by hand tool or utensil (not a power tool): 2,507 injuries
9. Pushing or pulling: 2,319 injuries
10. Repetitive motion: 2,166 injuries
 
The top sources of injury include:
 
1. No explanation: 25.035 injuries; 11 fatalities
2. Another person (not the injured person): 3,629 injuries; 3 fatalities
3. Bodily motion: 3,455 injuries
4. Boxes, barrels, containers and packages: 2,267 injuries
5. Furniture, fixtures and furnishings: 2,126 injuries; 1 fatality
6. Miscellaneous: 2,073 injuries
7. Buildings and structures: 1,432 injuries
8. Floor: 1,147injuries
9. Knife or razor: 1,126 injuries
10. Machines: 1,117 injuries
 
The body parts most often injured are:

1. Fingers: 6,755 injuries
2. Lower back: 5,689 injuries
3. Multiple body parts: 4,960 injuries; 1 fatality
4. Knee: 4,489 injuries
5. Hand: 3,666 injuries
6. Shoulder: 3,473 injuries
7. Eye: 3,095 injuries
8. Upper extremities: 3,077 injuries
9. Wrist: 2,296 injuries
10. Ankle: 2,169 injuries
 
If you are hurt while on the job in Kansas, you are entitled to compensation. But, you have only ten days to file a report! Don’t delay, or you may lose your benefits.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.