Top 10 Most Costly Workplace Injuries
How much did your company spend on injuries in the workplace last year?
According to the findings of Liberty Mutual Insurance, the top 10 injuries in the workplace cost businesses over $50 billion dollars a year! That number does not include the indirect costs of absenteeism, lost productivity, and other associated expenses.
To start lowering your injury costs, start with focusing on weight limits and required breaks. Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury, accounting for almost a quarter of the overall national burden. This includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects.
What are the other nine workplace injuries? Check out our Top 10 Most Costly Workplace Injuries infographic to find out:
According to the EHS Daily Advisor, here are the steps that can help prevent injuries in the workplace:
- Create a workplace culture where employees feel free to report unsafe conditions, near misses, and incidents, and to make suggestions that will enhance workplace safety.
- Encourage employees to report discomfort before it turns into pain or injury. Most overexertion injuries are treatable if they’re caught early. When they’re not caught early, they can become chronic, disabling conditions.
- Try to eliminate manual handling risks at the earliest stage, for example when ordering or installing new equipment.
- Reduce or eliminate slip and fall hazards by maintaining walking and working surfaces in a safe condition and by making sure that proper lighting is present throughout the facility.
- Make sure employees are fully trained on safe work practices, including lifting and material transfer.
- If you have put controls in place that require employee participation like adjustable workstations, make sure that workers know how to use them to their best advantage.
- Get out on the floor or in the field to observe how people are working. Identify risks and talk with employees about their jobs.
- Have a progressive discipline program in place to enforce infractions of safety rules.
Practice what you preach—even if you are at a reduced risk of injury compared to your workers, they will be watching your lead. If you’re not doing what you tell them to do, they might not do it either.