In 2011, the most recent numbers available from the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 3.8 million Americans suffered work-related injuries that did not result in death. It marked the first year since 2002 that the number of injuries did not decrease.
The most dangerous occupation in 2011 was that of a firefighter, which saw just over 70,000 injuries to its ranks nationwide. Primary reasons for the high number of injuries included the weight and volume of equipment necessary for the performance of the job and the unpredictable environmental risks associated with the job. Runner-up as the most dangerous position was that of a nursing home worker due to the amount of lifting and transporting of patients involved in the position.
If you, or anyone you know, have been injured at work and have questions regarding your rights, contact Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. We are here to answer your questions and assist you with getting the benefits you rightfully deserve.