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The Role of Employee Tenure in Construction Injuries: The Tennessee Case

The inflated risk of injury for new employees in construction and other industries is well documented; however, less is known about the character and timing of those injuries. To fill this knowledge gap, this study analyzed 9,000 workers’ compensation claims from the state of Tennessee having dates of injury in 2014 and 2015 to compare the characteristics of early tenure (i.e., less than or equal to 1 year with an employer) construction injuries with all construction injuries.  The analyses examined the proportion of these early tenure injuries in various dimensions including age, employer size, the severity, type and cause of injury, and the body part injured.

Edward L. Taylor, John Moore, Thomas Cressler, John Wagner, and Terry Higgins. April 2019.
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019