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Common neck injuries from workplace accidents

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Safety should come first in any workplace, but accidents can still happen. One area that is particularly vulnerable to injury is the neck.

It is important to understand what types of neck injuries can occur on the job, as well as how to prevent them.

Strains and sprains

These injuries often happen when the neck is suddenly forced to move beyond its normal range of motion. This can occur from lifting heavy objects incorrectly or from sudden movements during tasks.


Another prevalent neck injury, whiplash is often seen in accidents where there is a sudden jerking motion of the head backward and then forward. This can occur in situations such as car accidents or slips and falls at work.

Herniated discs

Herniated discs happen when the soft inner material of a spinal disc protrudes through the tougher outer layer. This can result from repetitive stress on the neck, such as from lifting heavy objects repeatedly or from maintaining poor posture for extended periods.

Pinched nerves

This neck injury causes pain, tingling or numbness that radiates down the arms. Pinched nerves can happen due to repetitive motions or from sudden impacts in the workplace.


Fractures in the neck bones are less common but can be very serious. They tend to occur in severe accidents such as falls from heights or when heavy objects strike the neck directly.


Preventing these injuries is necessary for maintaining a safe work environment. Employers and employees can take several steps to reduce the risk of neck injuries.

  • Good training: Ensuring that employees receive correct training on how to lift heavy objects and how to maintain good posture can significantly reduce the risk of strains, sprains and other neck injuries.
  • Use of proper equipment: Providing employees with ergonomic equipment such as adjustable chairs and computer monitors can help them maintain good posture and reduce the risk of neck injuries.
  • Regular breaks: Encouraging employees to take regular breaks and stretch can help prevent muscle fatigue and reduce the risk of strains and sprains.

While being proactive will not prevent every neck injury, it can have a positive impact on workplace safety.

With better awareness about potential neck injuries, employees can prioritize safety and take measures to protect themselves.