New Jersey workers may want to learn about the recent data regarding the top causes of workplace disabilities resulting from injuries. Liberty Mutual released a review of data on Jan. 14, and the results it reported comport with findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to Liberty Mutual, nearly 25 percent of all dsiabling workplace injuries in 2013 resulted from overexertion. These types of injuries cost businesses $15.08 billion in that year. The BLS reported that musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 32 percent of all of the reported workplace injuries and illnesses in 2014 with an injury rate of 33.8 per 10,000 workers.
The second highest cause for disabling injuries in 2013 was falling on the same level, at 16.4 percent. Falls from one level to a lower one was the third leading cause at 8.7 percent, and being hit by a falling object or by equipment came in fourth at 8.6 percent of all disabling injuries. A total of 64.8 percent of injuries and their associated costs were made up of those in the top five injury categories.
Workplace accidents can result in disabilities that are either temporary or permanent. By understanding the most common types of disabling injuries, employees and employers may take steps to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence. A worker who does suffer an injury that results in either a temporary or permanent disability may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits under the employers’ insurance coverage. An attorney who has experience with these matters can often be of assistance in ensuring that the claim is complete and filed on a timely basis.