Top 10 Causes of Injury in the Workplace
According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2010 amounted to $51.1 billion in direct US workers compensation costs.
The top five injury causes—overexertion, fall on same level, bodily reaction, fall to lower level, and struck by object—accounted for 73.1 percent of the total 2010 cost burden. The remaining five injury causes in the top ten each accounted for less than 5.0 percent of the direct cost of disabling injuries in 2010.
Overall, the top ten cause categories comprised 89.9 percent of the entire cost burden of disabling work-related injuries in 2010.
- Overexertion maintained its first-place rank. This event category, which includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing, cost businesses $13.61 billion in direct costs and accounted for more than a quarter of the overall national burden;
- Fall on same level (including slips, trips and falls) ranked second as a leading cause of disabling injury. With direct costs of $8.61 billion, this category accounted for 16.9 percent of the total injury burden;
- Bodily reaction which includes injuries resulting from free bodily motion, such as bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, and slipping or tripping without falling, ranked third at $5.78 billion in costs;
- Fall to lower level ranked fourth at $5.12 billion;
- Struck by object took the fifth-place ranking at $4.10 billion;
- Struck against object accounted for 4.1 percent at $2.11 billion;
- Repetitive motion, with related injuries, accounted for 4.0 percent of the cost burden at $2.02 billion;
- Highway incident represented 3.9 percent of the total injury burden at $1.99 billion;
- Caught in/compressed by (injuries resulting from workers being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects) accounted for 3.5 percent of the total injury burden at $1.79 billion;
- Assault/violent act accounted for 1.3 percent at $0.64 billion
Proper training along with appropriate safety products can significantly reduce if not eliminate these injuries along with the cost burden associated. Let Arbill help you reach your goal of “0” injuries this year while growing a culture of safety within your organization. Contact your Arbill representative today to schedule your safety audit. Visit arbill.com for more information and subscribe to the Arbill Safety Blog so that you never miss out on great safety tips and information.