The 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index found that the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012 amounted to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs. That’s right: $60 billion in direct costs to U.S. businesses.
U.S. businesses spend more than $1 billion a week on the most disabling workplace injuries according to the 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Compiled annually by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the Index (and this gallery) ranks the top 10 causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries and their direct costs.
The top five injury causes accounted for 65.4 percent of the total 2012 cost burden. Overall, these top 10 cause categories comprised 83.8 percent of the total cost burden of disabling work-related injuries reported in 2012.