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The Five Most Common Workplace Injuries

Recently, the Travelers Cos., a New York-based insurance conglomerate, released its Injury Impact Report, detailing the most common types of workplace injuries and the costs associated with them. The report was based on data compiled from more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed from 2010 to 2014 from businesses across several industries. The top five types of injuries, accounting for 71 percent of all claims, were:

  • Strains and sprains — 30 percent of all claims and an average of $17K in benefits
  • Cuts and punctures — 19 percent of all claims and an average of $8.2K in benefits
  • Contusions — 12 percent of all claims and an average of $8K in benefits
  • Inflammation — Five percent of all claims and an average of $24.5K in benefits
  • Fractures — Five percent of all claims and an average of $42.4K in benefits

These injuries occur for a variety of reasons. According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the top five causes for disabling injuries are:

  • Overexertion involving an outside source — Lifting an object that is too heavy or pushing against an object that simply won’t give are ways workers overexert themselves in relation to outside sources. This category represents 24.4 percent of all disabling injuries at a cost of $15.08 billion.
  • Falls on the same level — These common slip and fall/trip and fall accidents account for 16.4 percent of all disabling injuries at a cost of $10.17 billion.
  • Falls to a lower level — Most often seen at construction sites, these types of falls account for 8.7 percent of all disabling injuries and $5.4 billion in costs.
  • Struck by an object or equipment — Workers who are hit by falling or flying objects suffer 8.6 percent of disabling injuries at a cost of $8.6 billion.
  • Exertions and bodily reactions — Activities such as twisting, turning, bending and reaching account for 6.7 percent of disabling injuries and cost $4.15 billion.

Looking at these lists, perhaps the best advice for workers hoping to avoid an on-the-job injury is to know your limitations and be mindful of your surroundings. That tends to be good advice in any situation.

If you suffer a work-related injury anywhere in Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is ready to help. Put a law firm with more than 200 years of combined legal experience to work for you. Call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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