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Twenty-five years of workplace injury data

According to tradition, gifts for couples that are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary are to be of silver. Though no one is likely to buy the Bureau of Labor Statistics a gift, the federal government’s agency recently released an analysis of the labor data about on-the-job injuries and more that it has been collecting for a quarter of a century.

“25 Years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data” is teeming with facts, graphs and numbers collected since 1992 by the Department of Labor.

The bureau says that the data shows that workers in 2019 “are incurring fewer injuries and fatalities on the job, but also show that there is still work to do to make workers safer while they are on the job.”

The collected data shows, among other things, that workplace fatalities have fallen from 6,217 in 1992 to 5,190 in 2016 – a decrease of 16.5 percent. Unfortunately, that good news is tempered by this sobering fact: fatal on-the-job injuries among older workers (age 55 and above) has over that same time risen from 1,234 in 1,848, which is an alarming 48.9 percent increase.

The leading cause of nonfatal injuries requiring days away from work in those 25 years: overexertion. But the nation has seen a significant decline in these incidents, which dropped from just over a million in 1992 to just over 300,000 in 2016 – an impressive decrease of 71 percent.

If you have been injured at your Jonesboro workplace and then been denied Georgia workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, speak with an attorney experienced in fighting for full benefits in workers’ comp appeals.

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