The Most Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Claims
Hundreds of millions of injured workers rely on workers’ compensation every year. According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common reasons for these claims are:
Falls, Slips, TripsMore than 25 percent of all injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims were caused by falls, slips and trips. In many cases, these incidents are caused by construction debris left out in the way of people walking around the worksite. Sites that are still under construction and left open to the elements could also have slick floors after a rain or snowstorm that need to be either cleaned up or properly marked off as soon as possible to prevent people from slipping and injuring themselves.
Contact with Object, EquipmentJust under 25 percent of all injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims were caused by contact with an object or piece of equipment. This includes objects falling on workers, workers slammed against objects, workers caught in between or compressed by objects, and more.
Violence and Other Injuries by Persons or AnimalApproximately 6.5 percent of injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims were caused by violent actions taken by either other people or animals on the worksite. The most common causes were intentional injuries caused by another person, though unintentional injuries and injuries caused by animals or insects also caused a significant number of workers' compensation claims.
Transportation IncidentsOver 5 percent of injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims were caused by motor vehicle accidents, and the vast majority of these occurred while operating work vehicles on the road.