The Top 5 Industries for Workers Comp Injuries in California


The rates of illnesses and on-the-job injuries have declined over the past 13 years. However, that decline has not occurred evenly across every industry in California. Instead, many industries still remain high for the relative number of accidents and injuries that occur. If you fall into any of these industries and have been hurt at work, you need to speak with a workers compensation attorney in Los Angeles, CA right away.

1. Hospitals, nursing care, and residential care facilities

Caring for others in a nursing home or residential care setting can be very dangerous. The people that you are helping may need assistance moving from place to place, which can be hard on the body. They may also lash out at caretakers for a variety of reasons.

Government facilities see a staggering 11.7 injuries per 100 workers. Private companies are less—roughly 6.5 injuries for every 100 employees. Between these two statistics, the injury rate is by far the highest in this industry.

2. Animal production facilities or factories

Facilities that raise and feed animals are second on the top five list of industries with workers compensation injuries. These facilities will generally care for animals while they are being raised for slaughter. This includes farming operations generally as well as larger commercial operations. The rate of injury for this industry is about 6.6 injuries for every 100 workers.

3. Messenger workers

Anyone that carries messages or packages from one place to another is at severe risk of being injured while on the road. These include couriers, bike messengers, and anyone else who delivers local messages and items. Car accidents that involve these individuals are relatively common. This small industry sees 6.4 injuries per 100 employees.

4. Loggers or others in the wood production industry

Woodworkers are frequently exposed to dangerous equipment. They must also sometimes lift and carry large materials as well. Perhaps these are the reasons that the rate of injuries in this industry is 5.9 injuries for every 100 workers. Logging is a relatively small industry, but it can be very hazardous.

5. Aircraft workers

Pilots, mechanics, cargo and freight workers, as well as flight attendants are all at risk in the air transportation industry. These workers are actually only slightly less likely than woodworkers to be injured. There are roughly 5.8 injuries per 100 workers in the air transportation industry.

The most common workers compensation injuries

Workers compensation injuries span all industries, not just these top five. Injuries can occur in any workplace, from an office setting to an assembly line. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Punctures or cuts
  • Contusions (commonly known as bruising)
  • Inflammation
  • Fractures or broken bones

Small business owners actually experienced more cuts than strains or sprains, but otherwise, stains and sprains are the number one work injury across all industries. Eye injuries are also relatively common in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Call a Los Angeles work comp attorney today

Regardless of your industry or injury, having an experienced workers compensation lawyer on your side can increase your chances of getting workers comp benefits. Learn more by calling our team: 818-609-7005.

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