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Workers’ Compensation Claims Shows the Top Cause of Injuries

11 Jan 2017 Medical, Safety
An analysis of millions of workers’ compensation claims found that about a third were related to one type of activity. Keep reading to find out what it is and if your workers are at risk.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., the country’s largest workers’ compensation carrier, released its Injury Impact Report, which identifies the most common causes of occupational accidents and injuries. The company analyzed more than 1.5 million compensation claims filed over a four-year period from a variety of businesses. The most frequent causes of workplace injuries were:

  • Material handling—32 percent of total claims.
  • Slips, trips, and falls—16 percent of total claims.
  • Being struck by or colliding with an object—10 percent of total claims.
  • Accidents involving tools—7 percent of total claims.

Trauma occurring over time, such as when a body part is injured by overuse or strain—4 percent of total claims.  Read more…