What Are the Top 5 Injuries that Generate Workman's Comp Claims?

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The Injury Impact Report, recently released by the country’s largest workers compensation carrier The Travelers Companies, is shedding light on the most recent causes of workplace injuries. In a review of more than 1.5 million workers comp claims filed between 2010 and 2014 by businesses spanning different industries and sizes…

The top five injuries as a percentage of total claim include:

  1. Sprains and strains – 30%.
    • Topped all lists, except small businesses.
    • Resulted in 57 missed workdays on average.
  2. Cuts or punctures – 19%.
    • Topped the list for small businesses.
    • 24 missed workdays on average.
  3. Contusions (bruises) – 12%.
  4. Inflammation – 5%.
    • 91 missed workdays on average.
  5. Fractures – 5%.
    • 78 missed workdays on average.

The top five most frequent causes of injuries are:

  1. Material handling – 32%.
  2. Trips, slips, and falls – 16%.
  3. Collisions/struck by object – 10%.
  4. Accidents related to tools – 7%.
  5. Traumas that occur overtime (such as overuse/strain) – 4%.

Injuries with the highest average incurred costs
Typically occurring less frequently overall, these included:

  1. Shock.
  2. Dislocation.
  3. Amputation.
  4. Crushing.
  5. Multiple trauma injuries (simultaneous breakage of multiple bones.)

Industry prevalence
Data analysis also revealed injuries were more prevalent in some industries than others, specifically:

  • Materials handling, the top cause of injuries overall, is most common in the retail and manufacturing industries, equating to 40% of injuries in both sectors.
  • Falls from height were the leading cause of injury in both construction and retail.
  • Eye injuries are one of the most frequent types in construction and manufacturing.

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