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

Written by on 2/27/2017 3:12 AM in , , , . It has 0 Comments.

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.

Workplace injuries taking a toll on your workers comp costs? Stack the odds in your favor. Enlist the help of Minnesota Comp Advisor today.

 


 
Comments are closed for this post, but if you have spotted an error or have additional info that you think should be in this post, feel free to contact us.