Slip and falls. Being struck by an object. Repetitive motions. Workplace accidents affect not only the injured worker, but they are also stressful for the business or organization. One way to help protect both your employees and your organization is to better understand where threats may arise. This will give you the opportunity to better earmark safety resources, ensuring your labor force is safe.
According to Liberty Mutual’s 2021 Workplace Safety Index, disabling workplace injuries cost U.S. businesses $58.61 billion. The top five injuries alone cost businesses $52.28 billion annually. So, what are the top five injuries that you should be focusing on?
Coming in at second, costing U.S. businesses $10.58 billion and accounting for 18.1 percent of the total injury burden, is falls on the same level. There are five types of falls on the same level. First and probably most recognizable is slip and fall. This is where there is a lack of traction between your feet and the walking surface. Second is trip and fall. Under this fall, the worker trips over an unseen item causing a fall. Next is stump and fall. This usually occurs when the worker’s foot hits something heavy, usually flooring, abruptly stopping the employee’s pace. Then there is step and fall, when the worker’s foot enters an unseen hole or dip, causing them to fall. This includes curbs, potholes, or even not knowing where the last step on the flight is. Lastly, forced rotation fall, where the employee’s ankle turns, or the foot is not able to hold their weight.
The next category of injury also involves a fall, but to a lower level, rather than on the same level. This type of fall accounts for 10.7 percent or $10.58 billion in workplace injuries. This includes falling from one level to another and falling through a surface.
Being hit by an object ranks fourth, costing $5.61 billion and adds up to 9.6 percent of injured workers. Lastly is execution or bodily reactions. This includes bending, reaching, twisting, climbing, kneeling or sitting. This costs businesses $4.71 billion and accounts for 8 percent of injured workers.
With proper training, employers can help prevent employee injuries. Employers can take advantage of MCI’s comprehensive loss control and safety services through LC Innovations – LCI. LCI’s experienced and competent safety consultants are ready to assist your organization with training requirements such as: