Transportation Source of Highest Injury Exposure
Workers’ compensation claims attributed to motor vehicle accidents are more severe than the average work comp claim, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. research. They account for a disproportionate share of severe workplace injuries. They are responsible for larger losses and have injury durations that are a third longer, an average, than for other types of accident causes.
They also take a toll on a range of occupations, not just truck drivers, such as home health nurses, sales representatives, police, and executives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics graphic above shows the proportion of workplace fatalities caused by transportation incidents in contrast to other causes of workplace deaths.
While the toll is gruesome, safety programs, such as those aimed at reducing distracted driving, can make a difference.