When it comes to managing risk in the workplace, knowledge is power. The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index helps employers, risk managers, and safety practitioners make workplaces safer by identifying critical risk areas so that businesses can better allocate safety resources.
Developed annually, the index ranks the top 10 causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries by their direct costs to U.S. businesses. According to the 2018 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, serious nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $60 Billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries. Overexertion involving outside sources ranks first among the leading causes of disabling injuries. This event category includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing objects. Overexertion costs businesses $13.67 billion in direct costs and accounts for 23.4 percent of the overall national burden. Falls on same level ranks second with direct costs of $11.23 billion and accounts for 19.2 percent of the total injury burden. Falls to a lower level ranks third at $5.85 Billion and 9.1 Percent. Other exertions or bodily reactions ranks fifth at $4.19 Billion and 7.2 percent of the total injury burden. These top 5 injury causes account for 68.9 percent of the total cost burden.