Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries in the U.S. UU., overstrain. Overexertion was the leading cause of workplace injuries across the board with all four sources. The three leading causes of death from preventable injuries (poisoning, motor vehicles, and falls) account for more than 86% of all preventable deaths.
No other preventable cause of death, such as suffocation, drowning, fires and burns, and natural or environmental disasters, accounts for more than 5% of the total.