Workers’ Compensation — Common Causes

From 2019 to 2021 the retail business sector saw the second largest number of injuries recorded since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began recording them. Those same retailers saw the largest increase of all from 2020 to 2021 in almost all industries.

The number for 2020 was 341,100 and in 2021 it was 404,700.

The in-store departments with the most claims are from meat markets and butchers. Companies where workers work with sharp knives and cutting tools also saw large increases. So did those with a lot of heavy lifting.

Those businesses are hardware stores, auto parts shops, barber shops and beauty salons.

Here are some statistics:

1. Strains

  • 22% of injuries 2017 to 2022

2. Slips, trips and falls on the same level of flooring

  • 17% of injuries 2017 to 2022

3. Cuts, punctures and scrapes

  • 16% of injuries 2017 to 2022

4. Struck by an object like a falling product

  • 13% of injuries 2017 to 2022

5.. Motorized vehicle accidents

  • 7% of injuries 2017 to 2022

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