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The top causes of serious workplace injuries

According to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, a serious injury is any incident that causes a person to miss five or more days of work. These injuries in North Carolina and other states are categorized and ranked to find out which incidents are causing the biggest problems for employers and employees. The leading cause in all types of industries was overexertion involving outside sources, which costs the economy more than $13 billion every year.

Research also sought to discover which types of serious workplace injuries were the most common in eight types of industries. In construction, falling from one level to a lower one caused the most injuries. Falls were also the top cause in the hospitality and health care sectors. For all other industries, including transportation, retail and manufacturing, overexertion was the top cause of accidents.

This research is designed to help employers minimize the potential risk for accidents at their workplaces. They may be able to do this through new work designs, technologies, training and strategic management. The data for the research into workplace injuries came from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The injuries took place in 2016.

Individuals who are injured on the job may be eligible for workers' compensation to help pay for lost wages, hospital bills, rehabilitation and other expenses. If an employer refuses to provide this compensation, it's a good idea for the victim to seek support and guidance from an attorney. It's the responsibility of a lawyer to look closely at the issue to find out if any legal remedies are available. The threat of legal action may be enough to get an employer to pay, but it may be necessary to file a lawsuit in some cases.

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