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Workplace injuries and illnesses that resulted in at least five days of absence cost U.S. businesses more than $1 billion per week in medical expenses and lost productivity in 2020, according to the newly released 2023 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. That amount doesn’t include the incalculable physical and emotional toll occupational injuries have on employees, their dependents, and the communities where they live and work.
The annual index identifies the top-10 causes of the nation’s most serious workplace injuries and illnesses. For the 2023 index, Liberty Mutual blended its workers’ compensation claims data with other data obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Events were ranked by workers’ compensation costs and scaled to NASI results to determine total costs.
The top-10 causes listed in order by cost in billions of dollars per year are:
In a related analysis, Liberty Mutual reports that:
What lessons have WorkCare’s occupational health and safety professionals gleaned from this information? Here are some thoughts:
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