Most people are pretty well aware of the risks they face in their own work on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered, though, about workplace accidents in general? How do people get injured on the job? A recent report by the Travelers Companies Inc. looked at the most common causes of workplace injury and accidents between 2010 and 2014. The results were obtained by looking at records of 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims in a variety of industries and business sizes.
Everybody faces certain risks on the job. Risks vary by type and degree, of course, but all work involves some risk of harm. The construction industry is one we naturally think of as being among the more dangerous industries, and there is certainly good reason for this.
If you are a professional driver who suffers an injury on the job, you may have two sources of compensation: workers' compensation benefits and a third-party injury claim. It is important to understand your rights so you can recover the maximum amount the law allows.
In our last post, we began looking at the problem of workplace injury and death as it impacts undocumented workers. As we noted, undocumented workers are particularly at risk for workplace injury because companies that benefit from their labor often assume they can hang over their heads the threat of deportation. The reality is that employers are bound by workplace safety rules regardless of the citizenship status of their workers.
Workplace safety is an important issue for all workers, particularly those who are prone to being taken advantage of while on the job. Latino workers are particularly at risk, especially undocumented workers, as advocates for workers know all too well.