work injuries and compensationBeing injured at work is a stressful and disruptive experience. In New Jersey, no matter what industry you work in, the possibility of a work injury exists. The following data examines work-related injury statistics in the state of New Jersey and throughout the United States.

New Jersey Work-Related Fatalities

The New Jersey Department of Health has reported that the industries with the highest number of fatalities in New Jersey in 2012 were administrative and waste service at 16%, construction at 15%, warehousing and transportation at 15% and retail trade at 12%.

New Jersey Non-Fatal Work-Related Injuries

In 2012, New Jersey workers reported 106,700 work-related injuries. The New Jersey industries reflecting the highest number of these injures were healthcare at 16.8%, manufacturing at 7.4%, warehousing and transportation at 6.7%, and constructions at 4.2%.

The 2014 Workplace Safety Index

Each year, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety ranks the leading workplace injury causes throughout the United States. Their 2014 Workplace Safety Index reveals the following top 10 based on data compiled in 2012, which is the most recent year in which data was available.

  • Overexertion – These injuries cost $15.1 billion and represent 25.3% of work-related injuries. They are typically the result of activities such as pushing, lifting, pulling, carrying, holding and throwing.
  • Same level falls – $9.19 billion with a 15.4% share.
  • Being hit/struck by equipment or an object – $5.3 billion and a 8.9% showing
  • Lower level falls – $5.12 billion and a 8.6% representation.
  • Other bodily reactions and exertions – $4.27 billion with 7.2% share of injuries at work
  • Motor vehicle and roadway incidents – $3.18 billion and 5.3% of total workplace injuries
  • Slip and trip with no fall – $21.17 billion and a 3.6% share
  • Compression or entanglement in equipment – $2.1 billion and a 3.5% showing
  • Micro-task repetitive motion injuries – $1.84 billion and a 3.1% representation
  • Being knocked into equipment or an object – $1.76 billion and 2.9% of work-related injuries

These top 10 areas comprise nearly 84 percent of the total cost attributed to work-related injuries in the U.S., with a cost of nearly $60 billion. This figure doesn’t account for the cost of non-workers’ compensation expenses. In some cases, your injury at work may also qualify for a third-party personal injury claim, resulting in additional compensation. If you have been the victim of a work-related injury, contact The Reinartz Law Firm to learn how we can help you.