Each year, the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index ranks the leading causes of non-fatal workplace accidents sustained by workers in the United States. In the 2016 report, statistics show that slip-related injuries cost American business owners an estimated $17.92 billion in total costs (i). All estimates in the report are gathered from a combination of authorities, including Liberty Mutual Insurance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
In the wake of the 2016 report, safety managers must get back to the basics of slip and fall prevention in order to create a healthier and safer workplace in 2017.
Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injury
According to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the following categories account for the top 10 causes of non-fatal workplace injury in the United States. Slip-related categories have been highlighted in bold. All values represent dollars spent in billions.
Overexertion involving outside source: $15.08
Falls on same level: $10.17
Falls to lower level: $5.40
Struck by object or equipment: $5.31
Other exertions or bodily reactions: $4.15
Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle: $2.96
Slip or trip without fall: $2.35
Caught/compressed by equipment or objects: $1.97
Struck against object or equipment: $1.85
Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks: $1.82
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls
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(i) “Workplace Safety Index.” Liberty Mutual Insurance. Accessed 15 April 2016.