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Top 5 Workplace Injuries

Top 5 Workplace Injuries


Thousands of workers are injured on the job every year. Some of these injuries are serious and life-threatening, while others are not as grave and require little attention. From developing carpal tunnel because of too much time typing to injuring a hand while working on the line of a plant floor, injuries occur in a plethora of working environments and can affect any worker. Reducing the occurrence of injuries is the main objective of safety and health professionals all over the country.

The most recent data from the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index listed the top five leading causes of injuries for 2010. These injuries accounted for 73.1 percent of the total 2010 cost burden:


  1. Overexertion. Injuries from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing accounted for 26.8 percent of the cost burden and accounted for $13.61 billion in direct costs.


  2. Fall on same level. These injuries accounted for 16.9 percent of the cost burden and $8.61 billion.


  3. Bodily reaction. Injuries from bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling accounted for 11.4 percent and $5.78 billion.


  4. Fall to lower level. These falls accounted for 10.0 percent of the cost burden and $5.12 billion.


  5. Struck by object. Workers struck by objects such as a tool falling from above accounted for 8.0 percent and $4.10 billion.



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