Materials Handling Contractor Planning Tool

Materials Handling Contractor Planning Tool — Prevent Injuries

Strain and sprain injuries (also referred to as overexertion, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), or soft tissue injuries):

  • Are a leading cause of disabling injuries in the U.S. and in the construction industry. For example, in 2015 alone, construction workers reported 10,120 back injuries, 9,710 hand injuries, 4,280 shoulder injuries, and 2,120 wrist injuries.(1, 2, 3)
  • Roughly 3 out of every 4 back injuries that required time off from work (days away from work) were the result of overexertion.(4)
  • Are suffered by construction workers of all ages  — even the youngest workers.(5)

Sources:

1. Workers Comp Trends – Liberty Mutual Insurance
2. CPWR Construction Chart Book, 5th edition, pages 47 & 48
3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Table R10. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by occupation and selected parts of body affected by injury or illness, private industry, 2015; p.35  https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/ostb4762.pdf
4.U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Table R21. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by part of body and selected events or exposures leadin to injury or illness, private industry, 2015; p.4  https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/ostb4773.pdf
5. Dale AM, et al. “Comparison of musculoskeletal disorder health claims between construction floor layers and a general working population.” Occup Environ Med 2015;72:15–20. doi:10.1136/oemed-2014-102313. http://oem.bmj.com/content/72/1/15