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5 of the most common reasons for workplace injury

Most people go to work, never thinking about the fact that they could be injured or become ill. While some jobs are more dangerous than others, anybody can be injured at his or her place of employment. As a result, they could be faced with a situation in which they are unable to work.

According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, some injuries are more common than others. The following five injuries accounted for approximately 73 percent of the overall cost burden in 2010:

-- Overexertion. This is when a person pushes him or herself too far, such as pushing, pulling or excessive lifting. According to the study, this type of injury accounted for more than $13 billion in direct costs.

-- Fall on same level. Checking in at second in the safety index study, this injury accounted for $8.61 billion in direct costs.

-- Bodily reaction. These injuries are associated with standing, reaching, climbing, bending, sitting, tripping or slipping.

-- Fall to lower level.

-- Struck by an object. This is when a person is struck by an object, such as something falling from a roof at a construction site.

These are five of the most common reasons for workplace injury. When one of these incidents occur, a person can be seriously injured. This could lead to long term pain and suffering, as well as a worker who is no longer able to perform his or her duties.

Even when workers do their best to avoid injury, this is not always enough. There are times when negligence by another party causes an accident.

Source: EHS Today, "Preventing the Top 5 Workplace Injuries," accessed April. 14, 2015

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