The cost of workplace injuries continues to rise despite the overall drop in the number of workplace incidents. According to the 2018 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the number of serious workplace injuries fell by 1.5%. However, the cost, including medical and lost-wage payments, increased by 2.9%.
The total cost of the most disabling work-related injuries, causing employees to miss six or more days of work, was $58.5 billion, with the 10 leading causes accounting for $51.4 billion of that total. What risks should you and your employees look out for to stay safe on the job? Find out the top 5 common workplace injuries so you know what to look out for in your business.
Top 5 Workplace Injuries to Avoid
1. Overexertion Injuries
This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, or throwing in the workplace. Overexertion has not only consistently been the number one workplace injury, but it is also the most expensive. These types of workplace injuries cost employers $13.7 billion in 2015.
2. Slips and Trips
Falls on the same level was next on the list with a cost of $11.2 billion. Typical causes include wet and slippery floors or trips over something. Same level falls make up approximately 65% of all fall-related workplace injuries.
3. Falling from Heights
This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders, and stairways. They can be caused by slip and fall accidents, due to faulty equipment or negligence. Use of adequate personal protective gear and training procedures reduce the likelihood of height falls. Falls to a lower level cost employers another $5.9 billion in 2015.
4. Falling Object Injuries
Falling objects can cause very serious injuries. Head and neck injuries are a common result of this type of accident. These types of workplace injuries totaled a cost of $5.3 billion for employers in 2015, according to research. Employee’s diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are key to preventing these types of injuries, as can the use of personal protection, such as a hard hat.
5. Reaction Injuries
These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling. Incidents like these can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues. It can be hard to prevent such incidents, but it is important for employees to pay attention to what is going on in the environment around them. Reaction and other exertions claims totaled nearly $4.2 billion to employers.
Although the frequency of workplace injuries are declining, they are running a much higher bill to employers when they do happen. Be sure you are protecting yourself and your business properly. Just call us at 1-800-878-3808 for a free power wash insurance quote. We’ve worked exclusively with mobile cleaning contractors for 40 years and our one of a kind policy will protect you properly. We offer coverages you won’t find anywhere else.