The 10 Most-Expensive Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries [Photo Gallery]

Jan. 15, 2016
Non-fatal injuries requiring at least six days away from work cost U.S. businesses $61.88 billion per year in direct workers’ compensation costs.

Whether you are a small business owner or director of EHS at a large corporation, you know the importance of safety. It’s important not only to workers and their families and production schedules; it also is important to the bottom line.

Nothing illustrates that point better than the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, which ranks the top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries.

Non-fatal injuries requiring at least six days away from work cost U.S. businesses $61.88 billion per year in direct workers’ compensation costs according to the 2016 index. The top 10 serious, disabling, non-fatal workplace injuries or accidents account for 82.5 percent of that total – $51.06 billion of the total cost burden.

See related article, "U.S. Companies Pay $62 Billion Per Year for the Most Serious Workplace Injuries" for additional information. 

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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