Workplace injuries are a common occurrence across Georgia. In fact, with a total of over 103,000 workplace injuries last year alone, Georgia ranks higher than average in workplace accidents across the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries occur across a broad range of jobs.
While some jobs are commonly known to be dangerous, such as construction and factory work, others come as a bit of a surprise. A recent article in the Atlanta Patch outlines a newly released report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, discussing the most dangerous jobs in Georgia.
According to the report, Georgia workers face the highest rates of workplace injuries in the following jobs: animal production and aquaculture, non-scheduled air transportation, couriers and messengers, textile mills, rental and leasing services, beverage manufacturing, nursing and residential care facilities, furniture manufacturing, highway and bridge construction, plumbing and HVAC, hospitals, arts and entertainment, recreation, and shipping container manufacturing.
The Trend Is Going in the Right Direction
While the number of workplace accidents across Georgia is staggering, the trend is going in the right direction. In fact, the number of workplace accidents resulting in injuries went down last year from 105,000. The jobs that saw the biggest decrease in the number of workplace accidents were in the manufacturing field. This is due in part to stricter safety regulations being imposed on businesses by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
What Recourse Do Injured Workers Have?
An employee who is injured on the job likely has a number of thoughts running through their head. When can I return to work? Will I still have the same job upon my return? Will I be compensated for the time I am unable to work? Thankfully, the workers’ compensation program in Georgia provides an avenue of relief for injured workers across the state and takes into account the above questions. For example, even if an injured employee is unable to return to the same line of work after their accident and must take a lower-paying position, workers’ compensation may help the injured employee by providing assistance to account for the difference in pay. Workers’ compensation laws are extremely complex, however, and anyone interested in filing a claim should consult a dedicated Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney to discuss their specific situation.
Have You Been Injured on the Job?
If you have recently been injured while on the job in Georgia, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits until you are able to return to work. In the event that you are never able to return, lifetime benefits may be available. To learn more about the workers’ compensation laws in Georgia, contact an attorney at the law firm of J. Franklin Burns, PC. With decades of combined experience, we understand the nuances of Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws and work to help our clients pursue the benefits they deserve. Call 404-920-4708 today to set up a free consultation.