Workplace Injuries Cost U.S. Companies Over $1 Billion Per Week, Liberty Mutual Finds

The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index documents the top ten causes of the most serious workplace injuries – those causing an employee to miss five or more days from work – and ranks them by their direct cost to employers, which consists of medical and lost-wage payments.

The 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index is the first to also report the causes and costs of the most serious workplace injuries for eight specific industries that account for a high proportion of all national workplace injuries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Leisure & Hospitality

According to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the ten most costly causes of workplace injuries and illnesses are (in descending order):

Overexertion involving outside sources

  • Falls on same level
  • Struck by object or equipment
  • Falls to lower level
  • Other exertions or bodily reactions
  • Roadway incidents involving motorized vehicle
  • Slip or trip without falling
  • Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
  • Repetitive motions involving microtasks
  • Struck against object or equipment

Stay safe, and if you’re a business owner, make sure you have enough insurance.

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