Boston, MA – Liberty Mutual recently released its annual Workplace Safety Index, which documents the top ten causes of the most serious workplace injuries – those causing an employee to miss five or more days from work – and ranks them by their direct cost to employers, which consists of medical and lost-wage payments.
The 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index is the first to also report the causes and costs of the most serious workplace injuries for eight specific industries that account for a high proportion of all national workplace injuries (PDFs):
- Professional Services
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Leisure & Hospitality
“The latest ranking helps employers, risk managers and safety professionals improve workplace safety by highlighting its financial impact in total and for specific industries,” notes James Merendino, General Manager, Risk Control, National Insurance, Liberty Mutual. “To better protect employees and the bottom line, each employer needs to understand the root causes of the most serious workplace injuries they face. Only then can they effectively mitigate and manage these through work design, system controls, technology, training, and strategic risk management. Insurance companies and brokers can be a key ally in these efforts.”
Beyond reporting industry-specific results, the methodology used to produce the 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index was improved in three other important ways, which are detailed in the online Methodology section. Given these changes, the 2019 findings cannot be compared to those of earlier Indices.
Results Across all Industries
According to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index1, the ten most costly causes of workplace injuries and illnesses are:
|Injury Cause:||Cost (billions):||Percentage:|
|Overexertion involving outside sources||$13.11||23.65%|
|Falls on same level||$10.38||18.72%|
|Struck by object or equipment||$5.22||9.42%|
|Falls to lower level||$4.98||8.99%|
|Other exertions or bodily reactions||$3.69||6.65%|
|Roadway incidents involving motorized vehicle||$2.70||4.88%|
|Slip or trip without falling||$2.18||3.93%|
|Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects||$1.93||3.48%|
|Repetitive motions involving microtasks||$1.59||2.87%|
|Struck against object or equipment||$1.15||2.07%|
|Cost of the top 10 most disabling workplace injuries||$46.93||84.66%|
|Total cost of the most disabling workplace injuries||$55.43||100%|
The complete report is available here: Liberty Mutual 2019 Workplace Safety Index (PDF)
The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index is based on information from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Please see the “Study Methodology” section available here (PDF) for more detail.
1The 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index is based on non-fatal 2016 injury data, with more than 5 days away from work. To allow for cost development every Index has been based on claims data 3 years prior to publication.
Source: Liberty Mutual