Take care, Maryland workers. According to the National Safety Council, a U.S. worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. That adds up to 12,900 workplace injuries a day and 4.7 million each year.
Young workers should be especially careful. A Travelers Insurance report has revealed more than 25 percent of workplace injuries take place in the first year of employment, when new workers are less experienced. Older workers are also at greater risk, suffering more strains and sprains as their bodies age.
Travelers, one of the nation’s largest workers’ compensation insurers, studied 1.5 million injury claims to learn more about the causes and costs of workplace injuries. It found that workers in all occupations are at risk for injury and that one-third of workers hurt themselves doing simple things, such as lifting or carrying something. Another 16 percent of workers were injured in trips, slips or falls, and a smaller percentage were hurt by colliding with an object. Repetitive exertion trauma and accidents involving tools were even less-common injuries. As expected, major injuries were rare but expensive. An amputation costs over $100,000 to treat, and a dislocated limb can rack up over $97,000 in medical bills. Meanwhile, sprains and strains cost an average of $17,000. Overall, workplace injuries and fatalities cost U.S. businesses approximately $170 billion each year.
An on-the-job injury can leave someone unable to work in the short-term or long-term. However, eligible injured workers may find financial relief by filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim. Because such claims are time sensitive and require specific documentation, it may be helpful to consult with an attorney familiar with the process.
Source: CBS News, “What Happens Every 7 Seconds: A Workplace Injury“, Ed Leefeldt, May 18, 2016