The Index ranks the top causes of serious nonfatal workplace injuries (causing 6+ days lost work) by total workers' comp costs, based on information from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
The top five are:
- Overexertion Involving Outside Sources - $15.1 billion and 25.3% of the overall national cost. These include injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing.
- Falls on the Same Level - $9.19 billion and 15.4 percent of the total injury burden.
- Struck By Object or Equipment - $5.3 billion and 8.9 percent of the total.
- Falls to Lower Level - $5.12 billion and 8.6 percent of the total
- Other Exertions - $4.27 billion and 7.2 percent of the total.
This category includes injuries resulting from bending, crawling, reaching, twisting, climbing, stepping, kneeling, sitting, standing or walking. It no longer includes slipping or tripping without falling.
Rounding out the top 10:
6. Motor Vehicle Accidents, 3.18 billion (5.3%)
7. Slip or Trip Without Fall, $2.17 billion (3.6%)
8. Caught in Equipment, $2.1 billion (3.5%)
9. Repetitive Motions Involving Micro-tasks, $1.84 billion (3.1%)
10. Struck Against Object or Equipment, $1.76 billion (2.9%)
All other BLS injury classifications accounted for just 16% of costs, at $9.55 billion.
- Download the Liberty Mutual report here (pdf).
- Review current workplace injury, illness and fatality data from the BLS.
- Browse Safety Scoreboards and Safety Slogan Signs at ComplianceSigns.com.