March 3, 2015

10 Most Costly Workplace Accidents and OSHA Trends

Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index recently released its compilation of the 10 most costly workplace accidents for 2014.  These accidents cost a combined $59.6 billion a year in direct workers compensation costs.  Liberty Mutual pulled this data from all of the accidents that caused employees to miss six or more days of work.  The 10 leading accidents are:

1)      Overexertion-lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, carrying, throwing: $15.1 billion

2)      Falls on the same level: $9.19 billion

3)      Struck by equipment: $5.3 billion

4)      Falls to lower level: $5.12 billion

5)      Other exertions-bending, crawling, twisting: $4.27 billion

6)      Roadway incidents with motorized land vehicle: $3.18 billon

7)      Slip or trip without fall: $2.17 billion

8)      Caught in or compressed by equipment: $2.1 billion

9)      Repetitive motions: $1.84 billion

10)   Struck against object or equipment: $1.76 billion

The total of $59.6 billion was 7.5 percent higher than the prior year.  The average fine for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violation has increased from $1897 in 2013 to $2067 in 2014, which represents a 3.7 percent increase.  During that time period, OSHA revealed that 27 percent of its inspections are now due to employee complaints. 

It’s important to be aware of situations that may cause or increase the possibility for injuries in the workplace. Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS) provides both safety and insurance consultation to WGA members and policyholders.  If you would like to request assistance in evaluating your workplace or insurance needs, please contact Greg Nelson of WGIS to set up an appointment.