A significant share of overall workplace injuries occur during new employees’ first year on the job, according to a recent study.

The report by Travelers Cos., Inc. found that over a five-year period, injuries to new employees accounted for 35% of all workplace injuries. These injuries resulted in more than 6 million lost workdays, accounting for 37% of all lost workdays during the period.

First-year injuries were especially prevalent in four industries. They comprised:

  • 53% of claims and 47% of claim costs in restaurants,
  • 48% of claims and 52% of claim costs in construction,
  • 43% of claims and 38% of claim costs in services, and
  • 39% of claims and 41% of claim costs in transportation.

New Employees Account for Large Share of Workplace Injuries

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