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Bureau of Labor Statistics Report Reveals Most Dangerous Private-Sector Industries for Workers

Statistics ReportAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly three million private-sector employees experienced a work injury or illness last year. More than half had to take time off work, were transferred, or were restricted in their duties. The report, which is released annually, also released information on the industries with the most injuries. The following explains further, and details what workers and their families can do if a work injury occurs.

Most Dangerous Private-Sector Industries

Private-sector industries are those that are not government owned or a part of the government. This can include everything from corporations to partnerships, and they may be non-profit or for-profit companies. Of these industries, the BLS determined that the sectors with the most injuries included:

  • Animal production (6.6 injuries per 100 employees), which is defined as any work that includes the raising or fattening of animals for consumption;
  • Nursing and residential care facilities (6.5 injuries per 100 employees), which actually had a lower injury rate than government-run nursing and residential care facilities (11.7 injuries per 100 employees);
  • Couriers and messengers (6.4 injuries per 100 employees);
  • Wood product manufacturing (5.9 per 100 employees), which includes any business that involves sawing, shaping, planing, assembling, or laminating products from wood logs; and
  • Air transportation (5.8 per 100 employees), including aircraft and helicopter flight employees, mechanics, cargo, and freight workers.
Understanding Your Options After a Work Injury

Workers who are injured on the job are typically entitled to workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, obtaining this compensation is not always an easy task, and even when successful, there can be lengthy delays that put your family’s financial future in jeopardy. This is why injured employees and their families should seek legal assistance with their claims.

Depending on the situation, injured employees may also qualify for a third-party negligence lawsuit. These are even more complex than workers’ compensation claims. Further, injured individuals are unlikely to be told that this option may be available to them. As such, it is important that each case is carefully and critically analyzed by an experienced workplace injury lawyer.

Contact Our San Jose Work Injury Lawyers Today

If you or someone you love has experienced an injury on the job, contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, LLP today. Our dedicated San Jose workplace injury attorneys can examine your case and determine the most lucrative step forward. We will aggressively protect your rights and we always pursue the most favorable settlement possible. Schedule your consultation by calling (408) 289-1417.

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