What are the Leading Causes of Injury on the Job?

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Regardless of how diligent you are about following health and safety regulations at work, the odds of a workplace injury never go away.

Not only can these kinds of injuries lead to hospitalization or even death, they are associated with all kinds of costs.

According to a 2016 study from Liberty Mutual, the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to almost $62 billion in direct employee compensation costs, with the top 10 costing more than $51 billion. The top five injury causes in the study were overexertion, falls on same level, falls to lower level, hit by object or equipment and other exertions or bodily reactions.

With an eye in the direction of cutting costs and saving lives, think about the tracking leading causes of injury as found in the Liberty Mutual study.


This type includes injuries associated with picking up, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or tossing items. A useful step to mitigate these kinds of injuries is the use of ergonomics, the science of modifying job duties to facilitate good health. Ergonomics-based prevention methods are easy and fairly inexpensive. Some of these solutions include encouraging regular short breaks for employees that perform repetitive motion tasks and varying worker’s duties.

Falls on Same Level

Same-level falls are those where a person lands on the same walking surface or onto objects on the same surface. These kinds of falls are the most standard and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they comprise 65-percent of fall-related injuries. Some things you can do to avoid these injuries include supplying the proper fall protection equipment, practicing good housekeeping and training workers to identify fall hazards in their work area.

Falls to Lower Level

Falls to lower level involve a fall to a level below walking or working surface. These falls result in more serious injuries and even death. Over 60-percent of these kinds of falls are from a height of less than 10 feet. Guard rails, toe-boards, harnesses, railings and other safety measure can help prevent these kinds of accidents.

Struck by Object or Equipment

These injuries are related to items that are falling, flying, rolling or swinging. Some of effective ways to avoid these incidents include wearing the personal protective equipment, ensuring safety compliance, putting up the proper signage and raising awareness of various hazards.

Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions

Brought on by actions reaching, sitting, slipping without falling, bending and climbing, these kinds of injuries are related to almost any kind of job. These injury incidents are typically non-impact and the result of repetitive motion or a specific incident.

Training can help employees to avoid injuries caused by unsafe actions and supporting employee fitness can safeguard against strains related to these kinds of accidents.

At Nationwide Technologies, we support all our clients’ safety initiatives. If your company is currently looking for a staffing partner, please contact us today.



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