Overexertion Injuries Cost Employers $14 Billion a Year

Overexertion, falls and struck-by hazards are among the costliest workplace injuries, according to a workplace safety index released by a national insurance provider.

Overexertion and falls from the same level have consistently been the top two causes of injuries, the insurer said. And while the overall number of serious workplace injuries has decreased over the past 20 years, medical costs have increased above inflation, according to the report.

The index is based on 2017 injuries and illnesses that required more than five days away from work. Overexertion from handling objects accounted for nearly a quarter of all workplace injuries and cost employers $13.98 billion, according to the index.

Falls on the same level accounted for 18 percent of injuries at a cost of $10.84 billion, and struck-by injuries from objects or equipment made up 10 percent of injuries, costing $6.12 billion.

The other costliest injuries in the top 10 include:

  • Falls to lower level; $7.71 billion
  • Other exertions or bodily reactions; $4.69 billion
  • Roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles; $3.56 billion
  • Slip or trip without fall; $2.06 billion
  • Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks; $2.05 billion
  • Colliding with objects or equipment; $2 billion
  • Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects; $1.92 billion.

Source: Business Insurance