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Hurt on the Job

By David PeelDavid Peel

One of the most dangerous things we do is drive to work. As an injury lawyer, I have written much about the incidence of car accidents.
But when you get to work, you might go from the frying pan in to the fire.
In 2012, private industry employers reported nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses! About half were serious, resulting in loss time events.
That works out to be about 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Most injuries happen in the service sector, with jobs like installers, pest control, plumbers, electricians, mechanics and high rise window cleaning.
The manufacturing industry sector accounted for 29.5% of all private industry occupational illness cases, resulting in one of the highest illness incidence rates among all industry sectors. This is believed to be due to exposure to chemicals and similar problems.
Surprisingly, the rate of injuries and illnesses among state and local government workers of 5.6 cases per 100!  This is higher than the private sector, which I found surprising at first. However, it makes more sense when you consider that this includes dangerous jobs like highway maintenance, police, fire fighters and prison guards.
Deadliest Catch was a television series showing the hazards of the often-fatal Alaskan crab fishing accidents.  But, around here, my hat is off to our brave fire fighters, our courageous law enforcement men and women, our able EMTs, our highway workers and our prison guards.
They serve all of us in dangerous work, indeed.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.

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