We hope that all of our readers had a safe and prosperous 2014 and are looking forward to the same in 2015. For some Coachella Valley readers, the risks of a workplace injury that can mar the coming year are significantly higher than for others, however.
Some of the most dangerous industries in America have a significant presence in Coachella Valley. The industry with the highest fatal work injury rate, according to preliminary data from the federal government, is agriculture with 22.2 workers per 100,000 being killed in on-the-job accidents in 2013. The agriculture category used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also includes workers in forestry, fishing and hunting.
The industry with the most fatal work injuries in 2013 was, perhaps unsurprising for the men and women who work in it, construction. Nearly 800 construction workers died in worksite accidents in 2013, with a fatal work injury rate per 100,000 workers of 9.4.
The BLS says that overall, American workplaces are significantly safer today than they were in the early 1990s, but many workers continue to face very real risks of workplace injuries or fatalities.
The transportation and warehousing industry lost 687 workers, with a fatality rate 13.1 per 100,000 workers.
Leisure and hospitality had 202 fatalities in 2013, with a fatality rate of 1.8.
When a Coachella Valley worker in the construction, agriculture or tourism trades, or any other line of work, is injured on the job, they usually receive the California workers’ compensation benefits they are due. But in some cases, insurers or employers try to deny deserved benefits, making a workers’ comp appeal necessary.
Those appealing claim denials are allowed to have an attorney experienced in guiding workers through the appeals process represent them in those critical hearings.