We want to go to work each day and not worry about our safety. It’s federal law for employers to make sure that the workplace is safe for everyone on site. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and various risks and hazards put employees at risk.
If someone is injured on the job, sometimes a workers’ compensation claim can suffice. But many times, these victims are entitled to additional compensation because the injury was caused by the negligence of another party. T
Our Montgomery work accident attorneys know fall injuries and transportation accidents are among the most common. According to newly-released statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were close to 4,500 people killed on the job in the U.S. in 2012. While that’s a slight decline from the number of the previous year, it’s still far from acceptable. The rate of workplace fatalities for U.S. employees last year was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, showing a decrease from a 2011 rate of 3.5 per 100,000.
Key Preliminary Findings of 2012 Statistics:
-Work fatalities among those in the private construction sector jumped about 5 percent to close to 800 fatalities in 2012.
-The total numbers of hours logged in the private construction industry saw only a 1 percent increase.
-Since 2011, CFOI has reported whether those killed on the job were working as contractors at the time of the incident. In 2012, there were more than 700 decedents who were identified as contractors, many of whom worked in transportation and construction occupations.
-Work fatalities declined among white workers (non-Hispanic) by about 10 percent.
-Work fatalities declined among Hispanic and Latino workers by about 5 percent.
-Work fatalities among African-American or non-Hispanic workers were higher than those of non-Hispanic Asian workers.
-The number of work fatalities of young workers under the age of 16 has double in the last year, jumping to close to 20 in 2012, which served as the highest yearly total since 2005.
-Work fatalities among those 55 and older dropped for the second year in a row.
-The number of workplace suicides dropped about 10 percent.
-Workplace violence accounted for more than 15 percent of all work-related deaths.
In the state of Alabama, there were close to 100 people killed on the job in 2012. According to the BLS, about 20 were the result of violence, nearly 30 were transportation accidents, another 10 were slips, trips and falls, close to 4 were from exposure to harmful substances and 20 were because of contact with various objects and equipment. We saw an increase of about 6 fatalities in the state from 2011.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. Who pays the medical bill? How will the bills get paid while you’re not working? We can help.
Call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 if you or someone you love has been injured on the job.
More Blog Entries:
Montgomery Construction Accident Highlights Trench Work Dangers, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, March 10, 2013
Alabama Work Accidents — Ladder Falls a Constant Concern, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, August 7, 2013