Federal government says there were 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018
When people think of injuries on the job, scenes of explosions at energy plants and heavy machinery at a construction site often come to mind.
But federal statistics show that jobs as clerks or stocking merchandise come with their own risk of injury or illness.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employees in 2018.
BLS says the retail trade was the only private industry sector to see an increase in total recordable cases, increasing from 3.3 cases to 3.5 cases per 100 full-time employees. Within the retail trade sector, general merchandise stores reported 96,000 injury or illness cases. Food and beverage stores reported 92,600 cases. Motor vehicles and parts dealers reported 61,500 cases; and building material and garden supply stores reported 53,800 cases.
Of the 126,850 cases involving days away from work in retail, falls, slips or trips accounted for 34,190 cases, and cases involving contact with objects and equipment accounted for 38,940 cases, all up from 2017.
The statistics are clear – people who work in retail have a good chance of becoming ill or injured at the workplace. Certain workplaces carry injury risks, but injuries and illnesses can be made worse by incidents caused by another party’s negligence.
Workers’ compensation can be a challenge to obtain however and it is rarely enough for many victims even when it is awarded. To ensure workers get the maximum coverage needed, it may be wise to seek legal counsel.
Workplace injuries can include falls, repetitive strain injuries, machinery accidents, construction accidents, acts of violence by other employees and a host of other incidents.
The same prohibition on lawsuits against employers relating to work-related injuries does not apply to other parties. In other words, if a person suffers a serious injury because of another party’s negligence, that party could be liable for damages.
If you were injured or if someone you know was killed in a workplace accident, it is in your best interest to obtain legal representation. Companies may not willingly give you the compensation you deserve, increasing the need for legal experts.