A recent titled: New, Older Workers Stand Out in Workplace Injury Data analyzed data conducted by Travelers insurance company that looked at over 1.2 million workers’ compensation claims from 2016 to 2020. The study and article revealed that new workers and older workers require special attention regarding workplace injuries.
The study found that 34% of workplace injuries occurred within the first year of employment, resulting in nearly 7 million missed workdays. Additionally, workers aged 60 and older accounted for the most expensive workers’ compensation claims, costing about 140% more than claims from workers aged 18 to 24. As an industrial accident lawyer we find these numbers in line with much of what we see on a day to day basis.
Targeting New and Older Workers to Reduce Industrial Accident Death and Injury
To reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, experts recommend stepping up employee onboarding, training, and safety procedures for workers of all ages. Establishing a safety management program that involves workers in developing and implementing safety measures can be instrumental in reducing injuries and incidents. Common work related injuries included strains, sprains, fractures, and bruises, with overexertion, slips, trips, and falls being the leading causes of injury. The lower back, shoulder, and knee were the most commonly injured body parts.
Innovations in workplace accident prevention involve using camera-equipped robots to identify hazards in retail spaces, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to detect previously unreported risks, and incorporating apps, wearables, drones, and virtual reality/augmented reality to promote workplace safety.
The data from this study underscores the importance for industrial accident lawyers to be aware of the types of industrial accidents and the unique risks faced by new and older workers and to advocate for improved safety measures and training to protect employees of all ages in the course of employment.
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We have experience as work accident lawyers in representing cases involving hurt people and injured workers including representing families of workers who have died of fatal injuries in an industrial accident. We also fight for those hurt by occupational disease in chemical plants and other factory and industrial settings. We fight tirelessly to get those we represent the full compensation benefits whether they have missed days away from work or who are unable to return to work ever again.
If you have been injured on the job, do not rely on what your employer tells you about your options. Contact a workers compensation attorney or personal injury lawyer to find out what you are entitled to if you’ve been injured at work, in an industrial or plant accident.
Our experienced trial lawyers can make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please contact our law firm at 800-624-4571 or by e-mail.