A report released by the largest workers’ compensation carrier in the U.S. identified the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. analyzed over 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed between 2010 and 2014 from a variety of business sizes and industry.
The report, Injury Impact Report found that the most frequent causes of workplace injuries are:
- Material handling (32 percent)
- Slips, trips and falls (16 percent)
- Being struck by or colliding with an object (10 percent)
- Accidents involving tools (7 percent; and
- Traumas occurring over time, for example when a part of the body is injured by overuse or strain (4 percent)
The report reveals that these incidents most often resulted in strains, sprains, cuts, punctures, contusions, inflammation, fractures or chronic sicknesses, Strains and sprains resulted in 57 missed work days, followed by cuts and punctures at 24 days.
Of the most common injuries, inflammation and fractures caused the most time away from work at 91 days and 78 days, respectively.
“Even seemingly minor injuries such as strains or sprains, can substantially impact an employee and slow a business’s operations and productivity,” said Wood Dwyer, Second Vice President, Workers Compensation, Risk Control, Travelers.
“The most common injuries we see can often be prevented if the proper safety measures are in place, if safety issues are promptly addressed and if leaders continuously emphasize a culture of safety with employees.”
The report also revealed the injuries which have the highest average incurred costs. These include amputations, dislocations, electric shock, crushing and multiple trauma injuries. These severe injuries have typically occurred less frequently overall.
More information about the report can be found here.