By internalizing and sharing these facts and statistics, chiropractors can realize a grand opportunity tto reach out to employers and serve the community - all while growing their practice.
We combed through data by OSHA, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Society of Safety Engineers, and a comprehensive study by Liberty Mutual to come up with these 15 relevant stats:
1. Over 50% of all nonfatal workplace injuries are caused by overextension or falling.
2. In fact, 1 in 4 reported workplace injuries are caused by overextension.
3. The top 10 causes of disabling injuries include:
- 25.4% Overextension
- 15.8% Falls on the same level
- 10.7% Falls to a lower level
- 10.5% Bodily reaction
- 9.3% Struck by object
- 4.3% Highway incident
- 4.1% Caught in/compressed by machine or equipment
- 4.0% Struck against object
- 3.9% Repetitive motion
- 1.2% Assault/violent act
4. The direct costs of disabling workplace injuries:
- $15.08 billion Overextension
- $10.17 billion Falls on the same level
- $5.4 billion Falls to a lower level
- $5.31 billion Bodily reaction
- $4.64 billion Struck by object
- $2.18 billion Highway incident
- $2.04 billion Caught in/compressed by machine or equipment
- $2.01 billion Struck against object
- $1.97 billion Repetitive motion
- $0.59 billion Assault/violent act
5. The fastest growing instances of workplace injuries over the last 15 years include:
+34.2% Same level fall
+10.2% Fall lower level
+9.4% Struck by object
6. The fastest decline in workplace injuries over the last 15 years include:
-40% Repetitive motion
-19.8% Highway incident
-13.4% Struck against object
7. The most dangerous industries (measured by nonfatal occupational injuries per 100 full-time employees) include:
7.3 Air transportation
6.9 Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing
6.6 Couriers and messengers
5.0 Transportation and warehousing
4.7 Education and health services
4.0 Leisure and hospitality
4.0 Natural resources and mining
3.9 Retail trade
8. Direct costs of all disabling work-related injuries equaled $61.88 billion in 2015.
9. That cost of direct workers’ compensation costs to U.S. businesses adds up to $1 billion per week.
10. However, indirect costs of injuries are estimated at possibly 20 times that of the direct costs!
11. In 2015, 4,836 workers were killed on the job.
12. That comes to an average of more than 93 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths every single day.
13. Of all workplace fatalities in private industry in 2015, 21.4% were in the construction field. That means that 1 in 5 workplace deaths happened in the construction field.
14. The top causes of construction workplace fatalities occurred in the “Fatal Four” categories:
9.6% Struck by object
7.2% Caught in between/crushed by object
15. These Fatal Four were responsible for almost two-thirds (64.2%) of all construction workplace fatalities in 2015.