The Facts on Workplace Injuries in the State of Georgia
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released their annual report for the state of Georgia, and it includes some interesting statistics related to on-the-job injuries.
The newly released report includes information on both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. First, the good news. While the number of fatal work injuries recorded in 2014 was up from the year before, the overall trend is downward, from the historic high of 294 in 1994.1 Overall, fatal work injuries seem to have plateaued across the country, including in the state of Georgia (see chart below).
Once you dive into the type of fatal workplace injuries, we see a few trends emerge. First, transportation injuries remain the most frequent fatal workplace event, accounting for 40% of the total. This is true both nationally and regionally in Georgia. However, in Georgia, injuries involving violence as well as those involving falls, slips and trips are much higher than the national average (see chart below).
When we shift focus and look at nonfatal workplace injuries, there is more good news: Georgia is among just 14 states whose average rate of incidence is lower than the national average, at a rate of only 2.9 (per 100 workers).2 Again, we see a trend that parallels fatal workplace injuries: the highest number of injuries comes from trade, transportation and utilities industries.
From this data, we can see that workplace injuries (including trucking accidents and car accidents) are fairly common, especially in certain industries. In 2014, if you were employed in the state of Georgia, you had a 2.9% chance of suffering from a workplace injury or illness.2 We hope you never face such a situation, but if you do, contact the personal injury lawyers at Wood & Craig at 404-888-9962. We have extensive experience dealing with personal injury, both workplace-related and otherwise.