Even if you take all the proper precautions at your workplace, accidents can still happen, which can lead to a costly worker’s compensation suit. Knowing what the most common causes of workplace injuries are can help you do your best to protect against an accident. The top 10 causes of workplace injuries in 2012 across the country were:
- Overexertion, which led to a cost of $15.1 billion
- Falls of the same level, which led to a cost of $9.19 billion
- Struck by equipment or object, which led to a cost of $5.3 billion
- Falls to lower level, which led to a cost of $5.12 billion
- Other bodily reactions or exertions, which led to a cost of 4.27 billion
- Roadway incident involving a motorized land vehicle, which led to a cost of $3.18 billion
- Trip or slip without a fall, which led to a cost of $2.17 billion
- Caught in and/or compressed by objects or equipment, which led to a cost of $2.1 billion
- Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks, which led to a cost of $1.84 billion
- Struck against equipment or object, which led to a cost of $1.76 billion
Overexertion, the leading cause of injuries was generally related to pushing, lifting, holding, pulling, throwing, or carrying. Other exertions, which was on number five on the list, included injures due to crawling, bending, reaching, climbing, twisting, stepping, kneeling, standing, sitting, or walking.
For more workplace safety information and to ensure that all of your employees can feel safe at work, contact the insurance professionals at DG&M Agency in Rochester, New York.