In conjunction with the National Floor Safety Institute, Liberty Mutual has released their 2005 Workplace Safety Index Findings. Topping the list of leading causes of workplace injuries for 2003 was overexertion, coming in at 26.4 percent and costing employers an estimated $13.4 billion. Overexertion is defined as injuries caused from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing of an object.

Second on the list a 13.7 percent and $6.9 billion was falls that happened on the same level (i.e. slippery floors). Not far behind was bodily reaction at 10.2 percent and $5.1 billion. Bodily reactions are injuries from bending, climbing, slipping or tripping without falling.

Repetitive motion was also found in the top ten causes of workplace injuries at number six. These injuries were caused due to repeated stress or strain and were found to cause an estimated $3 billion to employers.

In addition to statistical findings, Liberty Mutual ran a survey among Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in regards to workers compensation and safety. Results from this survey found that the top two workers compensation losses were most caused by overexertion (34.4 percent) and repetitive motion (13.5 percent). Those surveyed found that the best way to prevent injury and increase worker safety was to provide better training (26.6 percent), provide better equipment and workspace (7.4 percent), more safety management (6.9 percent), safer environment (6.4 percent) and enforce policies and procedures (6.4 percent).

To learn more about the National Floor Safety Institute and read the Safety Index in full, click here.