More Than One-Third of Workplace Injuries Occur during the First Year on the Job

The Travelers Companies, Inc. the country’s largest workers compensation insurer, today released its 2022 Injury Impact Report. The study analyzed more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims over a five-year period (2015-2019) and revealed that 35% of injuries occur during employees’ first year on the job, regardless of age or industry experience.

“Our data underscores the importance of comprehensive onboarding and training programs for employees, particularly as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and see many workers starting new jobs,” said Chris Hayes, Assistant Vice President, Travelers Risk Control – Workers Compensation and Transportation. “While new employees are among the most vulnerable, many injuries sustained by employees of any tenure can often be prevented if the proper safety measures are in place.”

The study provided insights in a number of areas related to first-year injury claims.

Most Common and Costliest Claims

The most common causes of first-year injuries

Father seriously injured in crash while saving kids still in coma, already had both legs amputated

Alfredo Herrera already had to have his legs amputated and is still in the hospital after Saturday’s tragic car wreck on Hardy Toll Road near Rankin Road.

The family of four was driving on the tollway when loved ones say the wife fell asleep at the wheel, her husband then tried from the passenger seat to gain control, and they smashed into the concrete barrier. Their vehicle ultimately stopped across several lanes of the highway and as Alfredo rushed out of the SUV to get his kids out of harm’s way another car came along and smashed into him.

“He’s still in critical condition in a coma,” explains his Stepmom Esperansa Herrera. “He’s still not able to breathe on his own. He took a breath

At least 14 amputees are among wounded in Boston attack

Along with the three who died and the more than 170 people injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, a lasting image of the episode may well be those who lost legs — a total of 14 people, including two patients who lost both legs.

In an event that celebrates runners with strong limbs, these victims will face a future without at least one of theirs.

Among the three patients remaining at Boston Children’s Hospital is a 10-year-old boy whose leg was amputated and remains in critical condition. He is suffering from multiple leg injuries, says spokeswoman Erin Tornatore. Other hospitals reporting patients who underwent amputations included Massachusetts General (4), Brigham and Women’s (1); Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (3); and Boston Medical Center (5).

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