In Alabama, workers are injured on the job every day. Fortunately, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance that allows for the worker to receive compensation if certain requirements are met. One important way for workers to avoid these painful, often debilitating injuries is to be aware of what the most common work injuries are.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 83 fatal work injuries in the state of Alabama in 2017. While this was a decline from the previous year, that is still many families who are facing life without a loved one. The most common fatal occupational injuries in Alabama in 2017 were:
- Transportation incidents
- Equipment and object contact
- Trips, slips and falls
- Exposure to harmful environments or substances
The warehousing and private transportation sector was responsible for most of the fatalities that year at 19. 14 workers were killed in transportation accidents and 12 were killed in general freight trucking incidents. In the private construction sector, fatalities were down to 18 compared to 20 the year before. The fatalities in the state were 96% men and 98% of those killed worked for salaries and wages.
The Alabama Department of Labor encourages workers and their family members to report an injury immediately to a boss, employer or supervisor. If the injury is fatal, the employer may be responsible to pay for burial expenses and the claim cannot exceed 500 weeks. Families who have lost a loved one due to a work injury may benefit from speaking to an attorney about the best way to move forward with a claim.