As workplace safety evolves, industries evolve and the economy evolves, so do the costs and causes of workplace injury. Not so long ago, millions of American workers were regularly exposed to toxic substances and dangerous equipment in the workplace. Now, the law seeks to protect workers from such hazards. However, the efforts that have been made to ensure worker safety have not yet achieved the ultimate goal of eliminating preventable workplace accidents. As a result, workers across the nation continue to sustain serious injury at work each and every day.
For 15 years, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has compiled a workplace safety index which ranks the top causes and costs of serious injuries which occur in the workplace but do not result in death. It is vitally important that employers and regulators pay attention to this list in addition to the annual rankings of fatal injuries.