workplace injury statistics

U.S. Workplace Injury Statistics

Workplace injuries are a major concern in both the private and public work sectors according to workplace injury statistics. These types of injuries are the result of on-the-job accidents which have numerous causes. 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.

For more information and more workplace injury statistics in the United States, please continue reading the following infographic.


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