Each year the Liberty Mutual Research Institute ranks the top 10 causes
of nonfatal workplace injuries. The institute has just released its report
based on 2012 data, which is the most current data available.
Top Ten Causes of Nonfatal Workplace Injuries in 2012
- Same level falls
- Struck by object or equipment
- Falls to lower level
- Bodily reactions
- Roadway incidents
- Slip and fall
- Compressed by equipment
- Repetitive motions
- Struck against object
Overexertion once again topped the list of most common workplace injuries.
Just over a quarter of all reported nonfatal injuries were due to overexertion.
Overexertion occurs when workers exert excessive physical efforts, typically
when pulling or pushing heavy objects or equipment. Six in ten injuries
from overexertion are back injuries.
Same Level Falls
Falls on the same level are the second most common type of workplace injury,
though they are much less common than overexertion. Same level falls accounted
for 15.4% of all workplace injuries in 2012. Poorly lit areas and wet
surfaces are typically the most common cause for falls.
Struck By Object or Equipment
Nearly 9% of all workplace injuries in 2012 were the result of a worker
being struck by an object or other piece of equipment. These types of
injuries typically occur in industrial environments such as construction
sites or refinery plants. Depending on the size and weight of the object
and the force with which the worker is struck, injuries can range from
minor bumps and bruises to serious head or body injuries and even death.
Falls to Lower Level
In 2012, 8.6% of all workplace injuries involved a worker falling to a
lower level. These types of falls are typically much more serious that
same level falls. They often occur when a worksite has unprotected edges
or floor holes, though this category also includes workers who fall from
a poorly positioned ladder or scaffolding.
Rounding out the top 5 is bodily reactions, which accounted for just over
7% of workplace injuries. Bodily reaction injuries occur when a worker
slips or trips, but does not completely fall. These types of injuries
typically result in a muscle tear or pull.
Roadway incidents accounted for 5.3% of workplace injuries. These types
of injuries are not limited to car crashes. Roadway incidents include
any motorized land vehicle, such as a bulldozer or golf cart used to transport
workers from one end of a plant to the other.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries accounted for 3.6% of all workplace injuries. Workers
can help prevent slip and falls by wearing proper footwear with good traction
to the surface.
Compressed by Equipment
Compressed by equipment injuries occur when part of a worker's body
is caught in or smashed by a piece of equipment. These types of injuries
accounted for 3.5% of all workplace injuries.
Repetitive motion injuries are the result of workers repeating the same
motion over and over again. Frequent and repetitive motions can lead to
tendinitis and bursitis.
Struck Against Object
At just under 3%, struck by object injuries complete the top 10 most common
workplace injuries for 2012. Struck against object injuries are different
from struck by objects injuries. In struck against object injuries, a
worker is forced into a stationary object or piece of machinery, rather
than being struck by a moving object.
If you have suffered a workplace injury,
contact the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin to learn about your legal options.