Sources of Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries cause billions of dollars of damage to company profits every year. The leading causes of workplace injuries are:
- Overexertion. This includes doing any task too hard or for too long, including pushing, holding, carrying, lifting, throwing, or pushing. Overexertion accounted for about a quarter (25.3%) of all workplace injuries.
- Falls onto the same level. Tripping and falling or slipping and falling can cause serious injuries and account for about 15.4% of all workplace injuries.
- Struck by equipment or another object. These types of injuries account for 8.9% of all workplace injuries.
- Falls to a lower level. These can be particularly deadly, especially when the fall is from a great height. These falls account for 8.6% of all workplace injuries.
- Roadway accidents. Some workers must travel as part of their job. Getting into an accident on the roadway accounted for 5.3% of all injuries.
- Slipping or tripping without falling. The act of trying to stay upright can lead to injuries and accounts for 3.6% of injuries at a workplace.
- Repetitive tasks. Any motion can eventually cause injury when it is done too frequently. About 3.1% of all workplace injuries are from repetitive motion.