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Survey: Georgia ranks 27th in workplace safety

Depending upon the data that you use and the perspective that you bring to the discussion, it could be argued that we are safer today than we have ever been. Dive into the statistics on crime, motor vehicle crashes, home safety and workplace injuries and you might well come to the conclusion that these are the good old days – at least as far as danger to life and limbs is concerned.

A recent study looked at the relative safety in all 50 states and found that Georgia ranks in the bottom the bottom third overall, though we do fare better in workplace safety, landing firmly in the middle of the pack.

The personal finance website WalletHub evaluated not only workplace safety data, but statistics regarding personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety and emergency preparedness in 52 metrics for all of the states.

When everything was graded, added and compared, Georgia wound up ranking 37th overall out of 50. In terms of workplace safety, we ranked a bit higher, coming in at 27.

WalletHub determined workplace safety by analyzing data including fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, injuries and illnesses per 100,000 full-time workers and median days lost to occupational injuries and illnesses. They also factored in the presence of Occupational Safety and Health Act plans that help employers assure safe workplaces by setting and enforcing safety standards.

The safest state in which to work in the U.S. is Virginia, followed by Utah and North Carolina. The most dangerous are North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi.

Overall, the safest state in which to live, WalletHub says, is Minnesota, followed by Vermont and Maine. The places deemed least safe are Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.

If you have been injured on the job and then denied Georgia workers’ comp benefits, contact a Jonesboro workers’ compensation attorney who can help you appeal and get the compensation you need and deserve.