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Overexertion Tops Priciest Workers’ Compensation Claims: Report

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Overexertion Tops Priciest Workers’ Compensation Claims: Report

Liberty Mutual says that a group of injuries involving lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing cost employers and payers $13.1 billion. The insurer released its list of workplace injuries and their related costs based on its Workplace Safety Index in which overexertion, as it is presently classified with the injuries above, represents the costliest category of claims.

“U.S. companies lose more than $1 billion per week due to workplace injuries,” notes the insurer. “And according to the latest data, disabling workplace injuries cost U.S. companies more than $55 billion.”

The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Indices are based on 2016 data from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Academy of Social Insurance. BLS non-fatal injury data are analyzed to determine which events caused employees to miss more than five days of work, and then rank those events by total workers compensation costs.

The Index included, in order of cost:

  • Falls on the same level, such as slipping on a wet floor – $10.4 billion.
  • Struck by object or equipment – $5.2 billion
  • Falls to lower level, such as from a ladder or platform – $4.9 billion
  • Other exertions or bodily reactions, including injuries from crawling, bending, reaching, twisting, climbing, kneeling or walking – $3.7 billion
  • Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles, such as an accident while driving on a highway – $2.7 billion
  • Slip or trip without fall – $2.2 billion
  • Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects – $1.9 billion
  • Repetitive motions involving microtasks – $1.6 billion
  • Struck against object or equipment, such as walking into an open drawer or door – $1.2 billion

The top ten causes of workplace injuries by industry include construction, healthcare, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail, transportation and wholesale, notes the insurer.

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