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The nation’s largest workers’ compensation carrier, the Travelers Companies, reviewed over a million and a half workers’ comp claims that were filed from 2010 to 2014, including claims filed from various industries and companies of all sizes, and they identified the most common claims for various industries as well as the most common causes of workplace injuries that resulted in workers’ compensation claims.
Although the statistics are nationwide, they reflect our own experience at Axelrod and Associate representing workers’ compensation claimants in SC.
Below, we will take a look at the most common types of workers’ compensation claims, the most common causes of workplace injuries, and some of the injury risks that workers face in specific industries.
Out of all workers’ compensation claims, the most common injuries include:
The breakdown changes somewhat based on the specific industry that you look at, but strains and sprains are at the top of the list for all groups except small businesses. For small businesses, cuts and punctures top the list, and strains and sprains come in at second place.
Eye injuries were also among the more common workplace injury claims. Although they didn’t make the top five across all industries combined, eye injuries were among the most common claims in the construction and manufacturing industries.
The injuries that had the highest overall costs weren’t necessarily the most common injuries – these include:
These types of injuries result in not only higher medical costs, but more time lost from work and more disabilities whether temporary or permanent.
A more important question is what caused these injuries? Most were avoidable and could have been prevented through proper training, protective gear, and workplace safety policies.
The most common causes of workplace injuries include:
Another common type of injury that often results from material handling is occupational disease – including skin diseases, inflammation, lung disease, and other complications that are caused by exposure to chemicals on the job.
Some types of injuries and conditions that lead to injuries are more common in certain industries. For example:
One thing that employers can learn from a detailed analysis of the most common types of workplace injuries and their causes is how to prevent these injuries. When employers stress safety in the workplace and make it a priority, fewer people are hurt on the job.
If you are injured on the job in SC, you should:
Your Myrtle Beach workers’ compensation attorney on the Axelrod team will help you to determine whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage, help you to make your claim, and represent you before the workers’ compensation commission.
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