Work injuries resulting in workers’ compensation claims are more common than you may think. In 2016, $62 billion was spent for workers’ compensation costs according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Of that $62 billion, 82.5% or $51.06 billion was derived from the top 10 causes. Here are the top 10 causes of work injuries in 2016 and their costs.
Attempting to accomplish a job that is beyond your physical ability.
These types of injuries may include lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying. In 2016, $15.6 billion was spent on overexertion cases. These injuries could be prevented by using proper ergonomics and not exceeding your physical limits.
Falling into or against objects
These injuries are quite common and make up 65% of all fall related injuries. Last year, $10.17 billion was spent on these types of cases. Injuries of this type include broken bones or fractures to the leg, upper arm, forearm, spine, hip, or pelvis.
Falling below walking or working surface
These types of injuries are usually more serious and may even result in death. These injuries constituted 8.7% of the total injury cost last year.
Getting caught in objects or equipment
These types of injuries involve heavy machinery and occur when a body part gets caught, compressed, crushed, pinched or squeezed between more than two objects. Last year, $1.97 billion was spent on these types of injuries.
Getting hit by an object or equipment
Flying, falling, rolling or swinging objects hitting a person contributed $5.31 billion in costs last year. These injuries are usually caused by the worker not noticing the object coming toward them or not having enough time to move out of the way.
Motor vehicle accidents
These injuries can be on roadways or non-roadways and usually take place in work zones. 4.8% of the total injury costs came from motor vehicle accidents in the work place.
Tripping but not falling
A person may trip from little traction or when the foot hits an uneven surface. These types of injuries accounted for $2.35 billion worth of expenses.
Performing the same task over and over can result in injuries. $1.85 billion was spent on workplace injuries of this nature last year.
Bad reaction from the body
Any job could experience these types of injuries. Reaching, tripping, climbing, slipping, standing or sitting are bodily motions that could result in injury. These injuries incurred $4.15 billion last year.
Getting hit against objects or equipment
Injuries such as fractures, lower leg injury, head and brain injuries can be a result of being struck against equipment at work. These injuries accounted for $1.85 billion last year.
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