The construction sector topped the list for workplace injuries in 2023, reporting three times the number of workers compensation claims out of all industries, according to a workplace safety trends report released Monday by Texas Mutual Insurance Co.
Thirty-nine percent of serious injury claims were filed by construction workers compared with 11% in mining, 11% in administrative, support, waste management and remediation services, and 7% in manufacturing the report states.
The workers comp insurer said that overall, 2023 saw 6% more serious workplace injury claims compared to the previous year.
Within construction, there was a 500% increase in power and communication line-related accidents and a 175% increase in oil and gas pipeline and related structures construction, according to the report.
There were also 150% more claims involving electrocutions in 2023.
The report also said 2023 saw a nearly 50% increase in claims involving employees struck by objects or heavy equipment across the board.
This article was first published in Business Insurance.