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4 Data-Based Tips for Workers’ Comp Injury Prevention

10:00 in the morning is an expensive time of day for many organizations. There is a spike in injury frequency in the service/hospitality, construction/natural resources and healthcare industries, according to Pinnacol Assurance. The Colorado workers’ compensation insurer released trends based on five years of its claims data in four industries. The results can help employers in the industries take positive steps toward improved workers’ comp injury prevention.

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Trends

Injury Frequency. While many injuries occur to newly hired workers, some industries were noteworthy for other spikes in injury frequency

  • Healthcare – 3 – 4 years after the hire date
  • Clerical/professional – more than 10 years after the hiring date

Also, in healthcare, 38% of injuries happen during the first year on the job, whether the worker is new to the organization OR new to the industry.

Danger Zone TimesA drop in blood sugar levels is speculated as a reason

for the increase in injuries at 10 a.m. in several industries. Additional times of frequency spikes include:

  • Service Hospitality: 9 p.m. saw a spike in the most expensive injuries
  • Construction/natural resources: 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Clerical/professional: 8 – 11 a.m., with a significant spike at 2:00

Vulnerable Body PartsThe lower back is the most commonly injured body part in both the professional/clerical and construction/natural resources fields.  It’s also the most expensive location for injuries in construction/natural resources.  Other commonly injured and/or expensive body parts injured include

  • Service/hospitality: fingers, hands and lower back are most commonly injured. Lacerations, contusions, strains, sprains, and burns are the most expensive injuries.
  • Construction/natural resources: lower back, knee, foot, lower leg, and fingers are the most expensive body parts injured.
  • Healthcare: lower back, shoulder, knee, wrist, and ankle are the most expensive. Strains, strikes (needlesticks) and strains (lifting/carrying) are the most frequent causes of injuries, while animals are number 8 on the list of causes, due to home health care incidents.
  • Clerical/professional: lower back, knee, fingers, shoulder and wrist are the most commonly injured body parts. The most expensive injury types are contusions, strains, sprains, fractures and The most frequent causes of injures are strains from lifting, falls from ice/snow, falls on the same level, repetitive motion, and motor vehicle incidents.

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