The Top 3 Most Common Construction Worker’s Compensation Claims and Their Causes

Working on a construction site is a dangerous job. According to data from the Travelers Companies’ annual Injury Impact Report, about 1.5 million construction professionals file some form of workers’ compensation claim every year. Some of the most common claims and their causes include:

  • Sprains and strains. Sprains and strains are by far the most commonly seen injury on construction sites, making up about 30 percent of all claims. Trips and falls are some of the most common causes of these types of injuries, along with overuse of certain muscle groups during material handling.
  • Cuts and punctures. Cuts were the second most common claim, making up about 19 percent of all construction-related claims. Smaller businesses saw more claims for cut and puncture injuries than sprains and strains. Improper handling of equipment was the culprit behind most cut and puncture claims.
  • Fractures. Fractures makeup only about 5 percent of annual compensation claims but are often some of the costliest for employers and employees. The top causes of fractures include collisions with materials and equipment as well as malfunctioning or out-of-date equipment. Construction supervisors should ensure that their graders, excavators, used hydraulic hammers, and other types of heavy machinery are up-to-date and safe to use in order to prevent costly fracture compensation claims.
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