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2019 top 10 threats to workplace safety - Helmsman

2019 Top 10 Threats to Workplace Safety

No one would deny the importance of workplace safety. In fact, the 2019 Workplace Safety Index concludes that the total cost of the most disabling injuries (leading to five or more days of missed work) came to $55.43 billion, or more than $1 billion per week.

But are we paying attention to the most important threats? The Index ranks risks by direct costs to employers in medical and lost-wage payments, through the analysis of eight industries that account for the greatest proportion of workplace injuries.

  • $55.43 billion: Total cost of the most disabling workplace injuries
  • $46.93 billion: Combined cost of the top 10 most disabling injuries

The Index targets the root causes of injury that employers, risk managers, safety professionals – and employees themselves – must understand to effectively mitigate the suffering and expense of workplace incidents. Through education on the leading threats, all parties can work together to identify and fulfill the training, equipment, and work designs necessary to address root causes and reduce harm.

2019 Top 10 Threats In Order of Impact:

Study Methodology: 

The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index is based on information from Liberty Mutual Insurance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Liberty Mutual and BLS injury data are analyzed to determine which events caused employees to miss more than 5 days of work. The Index then ranks those events by total workers compensation costs, which include medical and lost-wage payments.  

To capture accurate injury cost data, each Index is based on data three years prior. Accordingly, the 2019 Index reflects 2016 data. 


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