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Leading causes of job injuries

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  • Overexertion — too much lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing of an object

  • Falls on the same level

  • Bending, climbing, loss of balance, slipping without falling

  • Falls to a lower level

  • Struck by an object — tool falls on a worker’s head, etc.

  • Repetitive motion

  • Highway crashes

  • Struck against an object — carpenter walks into a door frame, etc.

  • Caught in or compressed by equipment

  • Temperature extremes — leading to heat exhaustion, frost bite, burns, etc.

Source: Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, which ranks causes based on directly-related workers’ comp costs.

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