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First-year workers may suffer more injuries

On Behalf of | May 27, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Starting a new job could represent an enthusiastic path toward a rewarding career with a Minnesota company. Enthusiasm should not blind someone from the dangers of a particular job. Certain duties come with more significant risks than others, and new employees may face even more risks than someone long-established.

First-year workers and injury risks

The Travelers Companies is one of the top workers’ compensation insurance providers in the United States, and it released a surprising report. The report focused on a five-year study that examined 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims. The study reveals that 35% of the claims involved workers in their first year on the job. Interestingly, the study examined a broad range of industries and jobs.

Experience contributes to someone’s performance on the job, and performance also includes paying attention to safety. Someone who lacks skills and knowledge may find it difficult to avoid making mistakes.

Injuries workers suffer

Upon reviewing the injuries, it is not surprising that no industry seems free from workers’ compensation claims. Overexertion ranks as the top reason. Any job that involves physical labor presents risks of sprains and strains. However, new workers might be prone to overdoing things and hurting themselves.

Slip-and-fall accidents contribute to a substantial number of claims. As with overexertion, fall-related accidents may happen anywhere in any job. Regardless, inexperience may factor into why someone falls.

Business owners and managers could benefit from taking steps to improve workplace safety. Establishing effective safety awareness training programs might help. Such programs might reduce injuries while also helping the company. When a great employee gets hurt and has to miss work, the employer loses all the value that they brought to the company until the worker recovers.

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