New NIOSH study shows increase in serious injuries in the landscape industry
According to NALP, a recent study based on workers’ compensation data from Ohio and other states identified common factors leading to injuries and illnesses in the landscaping services industry.
Researchers with NIOSH and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OHBWC) published in this study some well-known hazards, along with some that are less recognized.
Of the 18,037 workers’ compensation claims from 2001–2017 that were analyzed, 3,311 were serious injuries. OHBWC classifies claims as medical only or lost time. Medical only claims are claims with only medical treatment and/or seven days or fewer away from work. The lost time claims are incidents that involve eight or more days away from work.