Top 10 causes of workplace disabilities

Liberty Mutual released a study that lists the top 10 types of workplace injuries that are considered serious but are nonfatal. These are the injuries that affect a worker’s ability to continue on the job for periods of six days or longer. The Liberty Mutual study ranked the injuries according to their workers’ compensation costs.

By far, the costliest type of injury was overexertion. This covers injuries related to holding, pulling, pushing, carrying or throwing objects. This seems logical because it is the most common activity across all job spectrums. At some point in time, everyone, including office workers, will have to bend down and pick up objects. This type of injury costs companies $15.1 billion in payouts.

The next costliest types of injuries are “falls on the same level.” This refers to tripping or falling on a flat surface: another injury that is common to all jobs. The third costliest injuries are caused by being struck by an object or equipment and the fourth are falls to a lower level. Both of these injuries are more specific to construction, industrial and manufacturing jobs. These jobs are much more risky regarding deadly falls and being struck by objects. The final category is a catch-all for other exertions.

The remaining injuries are roadway accidents, slips without falling, being caught in compression equipment, repetitive motions (carpal tunnel) and being struck against an object (being thrown). These are the ten most common ways that workers became disabled working in the United States in 2012.

If you suffered a serious injury while on the job, then you may want to speak to a lawyer. You can file a workers’ compensation claim or maybe a lawsuit. An attorney can go over your options to help you decide which is best for you and your family.

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