Top 10 Workplace Injuries

Serious workplace injuries now cost U.S. businesses a reported $60 billion in Workers’ Compensation. A recent analysis identified the top 10 most common injuries in the workplace:

  1. Overexertion ($13.7 billion): Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling heavy items.
  2. Falls on the same level ($11.2 billion): Wet floors, loose wires and objects on the floor can cause slips, trips and falls.
  3. Falls to a lower level ($5.9 billion): Falling from a ladder, roof or other height.
  4. Struck by object or equipment ($5.3 billion): This type of injury is the most common cause of death in construction, according to OSHA.
  5. Other exertions or bodily reactions ($4.2 billion): Repetitive motions and strenuous effort can sometimes result in injuries.
  6. Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles ($3.2 billion): Vehicle accidents can injure workers and others, including other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
  7. Slip or trip without fall ($2.3 billion): Uneven surfaces and inadequate traction contribute to these injuries.
  8. Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects ($2.1 billion): Manufacturing is often where workers may be caught up in machinery, and, in construction, where they may be crushed between heavy objects.
  9. Struck against object or equipment ($2 billion): Bumping into a low beam or a piece of equipment.
  10. Repetitive motions involving microtasks ($1.5 billion): Workers who perform the same actions over and over could be at risk for this type of injury.

Workers’ Compensation insurance protects employees in the event of an accident or injury, but when the injury is caused by negligence or an unsafe workplace, consider speaking with a workplace accident attorney. Please contact us to discuss the details of your case.