Which members of your crew are most likely to suffer an injury?
A new analysis has revealed that 34% of workplace injuries happen to people who’ve been on the job for less than one year. In fact, nearly half of injured construction workers (47%) had been on the job for less than one year when they got hurt, according to the analysis of 1.2 million workers’ comp claims submitted to Travelers Insurance between 2016 and 2020. And 40% of injuries among transportation workers involve new employees.
The analysis also indicated that while they’re less likely to suffer workplace injuries, people older than 60 have the highest average cost for each workers’ comp claim. In fact, the claim costs for older staffers are 15% higher per injury than are those for coworkers ages 35 to 49 and 140% higher than claims for staffers ages 18 to 24.
(From the July 10, 2023, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)