The Bottom Line: When Do Injuries Take Away From Work Time?


A new study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) revealed that the type of injury doesn’t completely determine if a worker will miss any time or no time off the job. Two other factors play a role: the physical demands of the job and the workers’ compensation premium rate the employer pays.

The study was conducted by collecting data on 7,000 of Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) no-lost-time claims. The survey team matched each no-lost-time claim with up to four WSIB lost-time claims similar in terms of type of injury, event leading to injury, the part of the body injured and the year of the injury.

The study yielded these results:

Physical workload mattered: It’s harder to work the day after an injury if the work is physically demanding.

Age and time on the job didn’t matter: While it would seem likely that young workers or those new to a job would be less likely to take time off after an injury, this was not the case.

Employer size didn’t matter: It was expected that larger employers would be more like to report no-lost-time claims because they can accommodate injured workers. But large employers were not more like to report such claims.

Premium rate mattered: Employers paying more in premium rates were less likely to have lost-time claims.

Read more about the study here.

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