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Travelers Injury Impact Report Details Most Frequent Workplace Accidents

Injuries can occur in any business, regardless of injury or size. Knowing what those injuries are and their root causes can help business owners develop workplace safety practices to create a safer environment, a more resilient workforce and a healthy bottom line.

Travelers analyzed more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed between 2010 and 2014 from a variety of business sizes and industries, including construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and retail, and released its findings in the Travelers Injury Impact Report. The report identifies the most common workplace injuries, those with the greatest severity and the top causes of accidents by business size, industry and region.

The most frequent causes of workplace injuries across all businesses included:

  • material handling (32 percent of total claims);
  • 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).

These incidents often resulted in strains, sprains, cuts, punctures, contusions, inflammation, fractures or chronic sicknesses resulting from a type of work (e.g., a skin disease caused by chemical exposure). On average, strains and sprains resulted in 57 missed work days, followed by cuts and punctures at 24 days. Of the most commonly resulting injuries, inflammation and fractures caused the most time away from work at 91 and 78 days, respectively.

Most Common Construction Accidents

In construction, the most common accidents were:

  • material handling (32 percent of total claims);
  • other (29 percent);
  • slips, trips and falls (11 percent);
  • being struck by or colliding with an object (10 percent);
  • accidents involving tools (9 percent); and
  • falls from heights (9 percent).

The most common injuries in construction were:

  • strains/sprains (28 percent);
  • other (28 percent);
  • cuts or punctures (19 percent);
  • fractures (11 percent);
  • contusions (9 percent); and
  • eye injuries (5 percent).

Knowing what causes the most common accidents and which are costliest in terms of time away from work can help companies develop processes and training programs to prevent injuries and keep employees safe.

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