U.S. Workplace Injury Statistics
Workplace injuries are a major concern in both the private and public work sectors. These types of injuries are the result of on-the-job accidents caused by numerous factors. Some of the leading causes of accidents at work, according to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, include:
- Overexertion – 25.3%
- Falls on the Same Level (i.e. Trips, Slips, and Falls) – 15.4%
- Struck by Equipment or an Object – 8.9%
- Falls to a Lower Level – 8.6%
- Other Body Reactions or Exertions – 7.2%
In 2014, the number of on-the-job accidents did decline, but the overall total number of reported injuries was still considered high. When employees are injured in the job, employers have to file a worker’s compensation claim. Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance employers have to help cover the expenses incurred from workplace injuries. Worker’s compensation claims amounted to over $15 billion in 2014.
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