Although companies often ignore safety guidelines to save money, the injuries resulting from cutting corners cost companies more than $100 billion annually. Although any workplace injury holds the potential to result in high workers’ compensation costs, certain injuries cost California businesses more than others.
Industries that pay the most
Certain industries expose their workers to more hazardous conditions than others. The National Safety Council lists these industries as the ones that offer the most workers’ compensation:
- Fishing and hunting
More than 36% of all workplace injuries involve harmful exposure. Some of these exposures involve harmful substances, while others involve an unsafe environment. Common examples may include:
- Water pressure changes
- Air changes
- Infectious diseases
- Mentally traumatic events
- Poor oxygen environment
Overexertion primarily affects workers involved in manual labor. These workers may commonly experience injury from repeated physical effort, such as lifting and carrying objects. Other common overexertion tasks involve frequent heavy lifting. More than 21% of all work injuries involve overexertion.
Falls and Trips
One of the most common personal injuries across the board involves slips, trips and falls. Workers’ compensation claims also cover these accidents, which commonly occur because of loose wires and uneven flooring. The most common falls and trips at work include:
- Falling into an object
- Falling from a collapsing structure
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from scaffolding and roofs
When you think about transportation accidents, you may consider only roadway incidents involving motor vehicles. But transpiration accidents also involve the following:
- Water vehicles
- Motorized land vehicles
These industries and injuries do not represent all of the claims paid every year. No matter your industry, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation after a workplace accident.