In 2018,

• There were a total of 4,493 injury-related deaths that were preventable
• Construction was the industry sector with the largest number of preventable fatal injuries with the next two being transportation and warehousing

The Injury Facts data provided by the NSC can help you and your safety committee determine areas your safety program may need to address. (Keep in mind that this data was produced prior to the current pandemic.)

Top 3 Leading Causes of Work-Related Injuries (Pre-COVID-19)

Where might a company want to focus safety efforts to prevent non-fatal work-related injuries?

Overexertion and Bodily Reaction. This includes non-impact injuries that result from excessive physical effort, such as lifting, pushing, carrying, throwing. Injuries can also result from repetitive motion. The repetitive nature of a task can put an undue strain on a body part.

Slips, Trips and Falls. Workers can suffer injuries simply by trying to catch him/herself from falling or tripping. Slips, trips and falls can occur on the same level or falling from a higher level to a lower level such as falling from ladders, roofs and scaffolding.

Contact with Objects and Equipment. This includes:

  • A moving object striking a worker, or a worker being injured by vibration..
  • A worker bumping into, stepping on, kicking, or being pushed or thrown onto an object.
  • A part of one’s body being squeezed, pinched, compressed or crushed in equipment, between shifting objects, and between stationery objects.
  • A worker being struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment or material
  • A worker being injured as a result of friction or pressure between the person and source of injury

Other Causes of Work-Related Injuries (Pre-COVID-19)

  • Transportation incidents
  • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Fire and explosions

Learn more about each of these hazards.

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