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What are the top causes of workplace injuries?

When it comes to workplace injuries, some activities and tasks are more likely to cause you serious bodily damage than others. You may be curious to know whether your injury is common or one that not many employees experience. Insurance Journal details some of leading causes of workplace injuries for employees in California as well as across the country.


The top complaint of injured workers is overexertion. This can be in the form of pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or lifting something. Claims for overexertion account for over 25 percent of all complaints and cost employers just over $15 billion annually.


The second top cause of injury in the workplace is falls that occur on the same level where you are already standing. Over 15 percent of all complaints coming from this category and $9 billion is spent on these accidents each year. If you fall to a lower level, on the other hand, you would be number four on the list of complaints and be part of the 8.6 percent of all serious injuries that cost employers $5.12 billion.


Coming in at number three is employees who are struck by equipment or another object. The fifth-highest claim is for bodily reactions or other forms of overexertion, such as sitting, standing or climbing. If you are injured while twisting, crawling, bending or reaching, you would also fall into this category. This information is intended to educate you on the top causes of workplace injuries and should not be taken as legal advice.

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