A cause code provides useful summary information on the cause of the injury or illness when data is analyzed for trends. Worker’s Compensation Coordinators should use the code associated with the cause that BEST describes the cause of the injury, illness, or exposure. One method to do this is to follow the flowchart below. Click on any of the dark boxes below for detailed descriptions and specific coding.

Cause codes

Slip Trip Fall Repetitive Motion Motion of Individual Lifting, Moving or Restraining Load Persons Unsafe Act Horseplay Other/ Unidentifiable Occurrence Objects (not covered above) struck by or with caught... Machines or Tools Vehicles or motorized equipment Hazardous substances Exposure to physical hazards Fire or... Psychological Physiological Animals Needles, sharps, other potential bloodborne pathogens