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Workplace deaths increase in construction and oil and gas

Workers’ injuries sustained as a result of performing one’s job can result when least expected. Sometimes, a workplace accident is unavoidable and other times it can be the result of some negligence on the part of an employer or even a co-worker. Either way, the need for workers’ compensation is real as a means to help provide compensation to injured Alabama employees or their families in the case of a fatal work accident.

Strict reporting of workplace accidents and deaths is required so that authorities can know when and where to take action. A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that despite an overall decline in the number of workplace fatalities in 2012 as compared with 2011, the number of deaths resulting from on-the-job accidents rose significantly in two key industries.

The most notable increase was seen in the oil and gas segment with 23 percent more deaths in 2012 than in the prior year. Construction workers should also take note as their increase was five percent. OSHA is planning some activities and is beginning a concerted campaign to raise awareness of these numbers in an effort to see the numbers decline again.

The risk of a workplace injury can leave employees with a permanent back injury, brain injury or more. Lost wages and medical expenses associated with such situations can be debilitating for people. Talking with an experienced attorney can help anyone in this situation receive the help they need.

Source: Safety.BLR.com, “Feds announce decline in number of workplace fatalities,” August 26, 2013

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