Causes and Costs of the Top 10 Disabling Workplace Injuries
Top Workplace Injuries by Direct Cost to U.S. Businesses
- Overexertion Involving Outside Sources – $13.1 billion – Related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing
- Falls on the Same Level – $10.4 billion – Such as slipping on a wet floor
- Struck by Object or Equipment – $5.2 billion – Such as an object falling from above
- Falls to Lower Level – $4.9 billion – Most often, falls from a ladder or platform
- Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions – $3.7 billion – Injuries from bending, twisting, reaching or similar
- Roadway Incidents Involving Motorized Vehicles – $2.7 billion – Highway accidents are one example
- Slip or Trip Without Fall – $2.2 billion – Trips on cords are common
- Caught-In or Compressed By Equipment – $1.9 billion – Getting caught in rollers or gears
- Repetitive Motions Involving Microtasks – $1.6 billion – Repeated motions or tasks on an assembly line, for example
- Struck Against Object or Equipment – $1.2 Billion – Walking into an open drawer or door – Ouch!
Workplace Injury Costs by Industry
The Index also reports 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. The industries with the five highest workplace injury costs were:
- Construction – $9.87 billion
- Professional and Business Services – $7.86 billion
- Manufacturing – $7.62 billion
- Healthcare and Social Assistance – $5.17 billion
- Retail – $5.09 billion
2018 Workplace Injury Trends
In 2018, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The incidence rate for total recordable cases (TRC) in private industry remained unchanged from 2017. The incidence rates for days away from work (DAFW) cases and for days of job transfer and restriction only (DJTR) also were unchanged. Retail trade was the only private industry sector where the TRC rate increased in 2018.
- Review the Liberty Mutual infographic on injuries at work.
- Review injury indices by industry sector. (pdf)
- Review workplace injury and illness rates for 2018.
- Browse digital safety scoreboards that track safe working days.
Back Injuries Top The List
Use this digital safety scoreboard to remind workers to lift properly and keep track of safe days in your facility.