The 8 Most Common Workplace Injuries
In 2016, around 60 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries were the result of common, everyday mistakes. Since these are largely preventable issues, CPI Security worked to create a list of the eight most frequent injury types and their causes to enable employers to make adjustments to employee safety.
Madison.com reports that the data used originated with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reviewed nonfatal injuries that caused days off work. The data did not include the self-employed, workers on small farms (10 or fewer people), private household workers, volunteers, or federal government workers.
Most Common Injuries
A full half of the entries on the list consisted of injuries that are most often the result of contact with equipment or objects at work. Puncture wounds (excluding gunshot wounds) claimed 1.6 injuries per 10,000 full-time workers, at a median of three days missed from work per case for a total of 53,040 days of work lost per year. Lacerations had the same median number of days of work lost but occurred at a rate of 7.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, for a total of 259,920 days lost per year. Concussions had a rate of 1.7 at a median work loss of seven days per case, for a total of 130,760 days per year. Finally, contusions occurred at a rate of 8.8 per 10,000 full-time workers at four days per case, totaling 391,840 days of work lost per year.
Resulting most frequently from exposure to hazardous substances or environments, heat and thermal burns affected 1.4 out of every 10,000 full-time workers. Injuries of this type had a median period of six days off work per case, resulting in a loss of 94,020 days of work lost per year. Fractures, meanwhile, were most frequently caused by slips, falls, and trips. Out of every 10,000 full-time workers, 8.5 suffered a fracture, with a median time of 32 days off work, for a total of 3,041,920 days of work lost per year.
The top two spots in the list were both most frequently caused by overexertion and bodily reaction. This included sprains, strains, and tears, which kept workers off the job for a median of 10 days per case for a total of 4,062,000 days lost per year. It claimed the top spot by affecting 36.3 per 10,000 full-time workers. Nonspecified injuries and disorders (usually soreness and swelling) claimed 20.3 of every 10,000 full-time workers at a median of seven days away from work, for a total of 1,586,340 days of work lost per year.