Getting injured or sick in the workplace is a more significant problem than most people might realize. While it is true that the number of reported non-fatal illnesses or injuries dropped from 4.2 million in 2005 to a little over 3 million in 2013, workplace incidents are still pose serious issues. The consequences of these accidents are vast, including missed days of work, legal fees, lost productivity, decreased morale among employees, equipment repair or replacement and the training of new employees or even loss of life. Monetarily, an employer can face hefty medical bills and compensation fees for an injured worker. In 2014, over 250,000 claims were submitted, ranging from mental stress to fractures and sprains. In total, over 11 billion dollars was paid out for these incidents.
To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by Eastern Kentucky University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety program.