Overexertion involving outside sources is the leading, most expensive cause of disabling injuries in American workplaces, according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.
Overexertion includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects and accounts for almost 25 percent of all disabling injuries in the United States.
Second on the list was 'falls on same level', while 'falls to a lower level' stood at number three. Rounding out the top ten are:
- Struck by object or equipment
- Other exertions or bodily reactions
- Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle
- Slip or trip without fall
- Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects
- Struck against object or equipment
- Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks.
The ranking was based not just on the number of cases but also the total workers compensation costs.
For more information, download a summary of the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.