Liberty Mutual recently identified the most common types of disabling workplace injuries based on their own data and information from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A disabling injury was defined as one that caused a worker to miss six days of work or more, and they were ranked by their total cost to insurers. Let’s take a look at the list:
10. Repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome or tendonitis. These can be any injury caused by repeating the same motion or even micro-task for an extended period of time, and they cost approximately $1.5 billion.
9. Striking an object such as walking into an open drawer or misplaced piece of equipment. These seemingly minor accidents can cause very serious injuries and cost about $2 billion per year.
8. Caught in or compressed by equipment cost some $2.1 billion last year. This involves workers getting anything from fingers or hands to their entire bodies trapped inside machines and injured by gears, rollers or other dangerous components.
7. Slips and trips without falls cost $2.3 billion. These accidents involve tripping over objects and resisting falls, which can wrench the body and cause injuries.
6. Work-related traffic accidents. Whether you drive professionally or sometimes perform work-related errands, your motor vehicle accident could be considered a workplace accident and covered by workers’ compensation insurance. These cost $3.2 billion last year.
5. Other exertions and bodily reactions. This category catches injuries from walking, kneeling, climbing, crawling, bending, reaching or twisting and injuries in this category cost $4.2 billion.
4. Being struck by an object or equipment, such as an object falling from above, can occur in any workplace but is especially common on construction sites. These cost about $5.3 billion.
3. Falls to a lower level, such as from a ladder, platform, catwalk or scaffolding cost approximately $5.9 billion last year. These are especially common on construction sites, as well.
2. Falls at the same level, including slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents, cost some $11.2 billion last year. These can occur when there is an object left on the floor, when loose carpet trips someone, in wet or slippery conditions, in icy conditions, or whenever there is a sudden change in the flooring or level.
1.Overexertion. Unlike No. 5, these involve an outside source such as an object that is being carried. The injuries occur during pushing, pulling, holding, lifting, carrying or throwing, and they can be disabling. They cost about $13.7 billion in 2018.
We hope you aren’t injured at work but, if you are, a qualified workers’ compensation attorney can help you with your claim and any necessary appeals.