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10 Biggest Causes of Workplace Injuries

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 16-Jan-2015

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

  1. Overexertion
  2. Same level falls
  3. Struck by object or equipment
  4. Falls to lower level
  5. Bodily reactions
  6. Roadway incidents
  7. Slip and fall
  8. Compressed by equipment
  9. Repetitive motions
  10. Struck against object

Overexertion

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.

Bodily Reactions

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

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 Motions

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.

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