Employees in California are said to be much safer at work than they were around the turn of the century. In 2002, almost 695,000 non-fatal workplace injuries were reported. Then there was a significant drop to a low of 441,000 at the midpoint of the recession. Since then the number increased to 471,000 in 2015 and an estimated 466,000 in 2016. However, the low point appears to reflect the lower number of workers during the years of recession.
Analysis of the federal data of non-fatal workplace injuries in California revealed interesting information. For instance, those who are most likely to suffer workplace injuries are males who are from 45 to 54 years old, and they will likely be with their companies for five years or longer. Furthermore, the industries identified as the riskiest are agriculture, logging, mining and construction.
Additional information derived from the data revealed that the causes for most injuries were bodily reactions and overexertion, followed by contact with objects or moving parts of equipment. The most frequently reported injuries were soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains and torn muscles. These were followed by pain and soreness. The records indicated that the upper extremities and the trunk were the body parts that were most often hurt.
Even though workplace environments seem to become safer every year, workplace injuries can happen to anybody at any time. Fortunately, California workers may find comfort in knowing that they will receive financial assistance from the workers' compensation insurance program to cover medical expenses and lost income in the event of on-the-job accidents. Furthermore, the help of an experienced workers compensation attorney can be sought with the navigation of benefits claims.
Source: ocregister.com, "What's a typical workplace injury in California?", Jonathan Lansner, Jan. 9, 2018