Workplace Injuries: A Recap

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a lengthy report on employer reported workplace injuries and illnesses on November 7, 2019. This report compiled all the information across various industries in the United States for the 2018 year. It also compared this information with data from the previous year.

The purpose of this report is to compare rates of injury, length of hospitalization, and loss of work due to injury on the job. When looking at the available data from 2018, there is very little change in most areas from the data for the 2017 year. As a note, this is the first year that data on the total recorded cases did not decline since 2012. For workers and employers, this information can be enlightening and help to highlight the need for best practices in safety in the workplace.

Industries Included in the Report

This blog post serves as a quick recap of the report, but you can look at the full release for more specific data.

When people hear about workplace injuries, they often immediately think of manual labor, such as construction. While those industries may have a higher percentage of serious injuries when safety protocols are not followed precisely, the truth is that any employee can be injured during employment hours. Some of the industries this report studied included agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, finance, real estate, and enterprise management.

It is possible to sustain an injury on any type of job site in any profession. In some of these cases, it may be due to the environment. In other cases, it may be a simple accident. There are protocols to help diminish workplace accidents, such as making sure the job space is clean, without tripping or falling hazards. The report seeks to gather data on all types of injuries to compare to previous years because declining incidents indicates that the current protocols to improve safety have made a positive impact.

Pertinent Information Studied

Some of the information that’s assessed in the course of the study includes the percentage of injuries that resulted in medical treatment, length of hospital stay, and the median number of days out of work following an injury. You’ll notice that the private industry and retail industry data on slip and fall injuries are very similar.

The report also breaks down the number of workers whose injuries resulted in days away from work, organized by their occupation.

For employers, this information can be exceptionally helpful in determining where better safety protocol needs to be prioritized in their organization. For workers, it can shed light on the possible injuries that their occupation sees a higher rate of and give them some ideas to prevent safety issues.

Another thing that workers should take away from this type of report is that an injury is not just the incident itself. An injury at work can result in incurred medical costs, costs associated with recovery, and loss of income due to days out of work. One incident can be financially devastating to an employee because the cost of the injury itself is compounded by the time without pay.

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important to research your next steps as soon as possible. A good workplace injury attorney can help you assess the accident and determine if there are legal steps you need to take to protect your rights and recoup any lost wages or medical fees.

Are You Looking for a Workplace Injury Attorney?

If you’re one of the many workers who have been injured on the job and you have questions about your legal rights, contact Ryan Montgomery today. As your workplace injury attorney, we can assess your case and make sure that your best interests are protected.