05 Sep 5 Most Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries are more common than you would expect. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, serious nonfatal injuries cost businesses close to $60 billion a year.
That’s a huge expense. What exactly is causing all these injuries? Read on to learn more about the top five injuries based on costs and percentage of total workplace injuries. Companies can learn from this information and keep their workplace safer.
Overexertion Caused by Outside Sources
This category includes injuries caused by pushing, lifting, holding, pulling, throwing and carrying objects. These actions cause the most disabling injuries. Overexertion caused by outside sources accounts for 23 percent of workplace injuries in the United States and costs $13.79 billion a year.
Falls on the Same Level
This category of workplace injuries ranks second on the list, accounting for 17.7 percent of total injuries. Companies pay $10.62 billion in costs associated with these injuries
Falls to a Lower Level
Falls to a lower level are less common than other types of falls, and cost nearly 50 percent less, at $5.5 billion. They account for 9.2 percent of workplace injuries.
Struck by Equipment or Object
These types of injuries account for $4.43 billion in costs, ranking it at #4. They account for 7.4 percent of workplace injuries.
Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions
This is typically referred to as a non-impact accident. This means that the victim did not collide or come into contact with an object. This category ranks fifth and accounts for $3.89 billion in associated costs and 6.5 percent of workplace injuries.
Get Help for Your Workplace Injuries With New Jersey Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom
A workplace accident can cause serious injuries. You may be stuck with costly medical bills and your ability to work may be limited. If you have been injured on the job, the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom can help you file a claim. Schedule a free workers’ compensation consultation today by calling (855) 208-3650.