Paid by Employers and Government

These charts and tables provide estimates of preventable injury-related costs paid by employers and government, including lost quality-of-life estimates. These comprehensive costs are incurred, in part, through higher wages paid to workers in high risk jobs.

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Comprehensive cost of preventable injuries paid by employers and government, 2016 ($ billions)

Cost Category Employers Government
Total $688.20 $171.33
Productivity and wage loss $49.67 $22.36
Medical expenses (including employee health insurance) $67.87 $97.91
Administrative expense (insurance administrative and legal) $59.40 $9.41
Motor-vehicle damage $4.73 $0.97
Employer uninsured costs $26.23 $2.91
Fire loss $2.67 $3.51
Wage risk premiums (higher wages paid for risky jobs) $457.64 $32.40
Public services (police, etc) $0.00 $1.86

Government agencies are also employers. Employer and government data are not mutually exclusive and should not be added together.

We made major revisions to our cost model in 2016 to take advantage of new data sources that were not previously available. These changes mean that previous estimates are not comparable to these current estimates.

Source: National Safety Council estimates

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