According to a recent study released by a major insurance carrier, the cost of the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2008 amounted to $53.42 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs, averaging more than one billion
dollars per week.
The top five injury causes, overexertion, fall on same level, bodily reaction, struck by object, and fall to lower level, accounted for 71% of the total 2008 cost burden.
Overexertion, which includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing, maintained its first place rank, costing businesses $13.40 billion in direct costs. Consistent with past years, this event category accounted for more than one- quarter of the overall national burden.
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