Number of Injured Workers in California Lowest in YearsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 4, 2015 | In Workers Compensation
The number of work-related injuries in California has been dropping for more than a decade. According to The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), occupational injuries last year were the lowest they’ve been in 13 years. The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses shows that there were 460,000 reported injury and illness cases in the year 2014. Of those incidents, 140,000 resulted in injuries that caused the employee to miss work. In about 265,000 cases, workers lost work time, required a job transfer, or had to restrict their duties at the workplace because of their injuries.
The most common injuries suffered at the workplace are strains, sprains, and tears. These are physical injuries that can result from overexertion during manual labor or repetitive movements. The other most common causes of work-related injuries in California resulted from slips, trips, falls, and making contact with a piece of equipment or object.
It’s important to review the data in these types of reports to learn where improvements can be made to prevent work injuries and illnesses. For example, the data shows that new hires and young workers have a higher rate of injury. Teenagers from 16 to 19 years of age suffered the most number of injuries that required days away from work. One out of every four workers who was hurt had only been on the job for less than a year. This proves that experience is a key factor in injury prevention. Perhaps additional training can help reduce injuries among new employees.
Another take away from the study that is relevant to Los Angeles residents is the number of injuries suffered by Latino workers. Latino workers in California make up about 59 percent of all reported days away from work and 75 percent of all missed days of work in the construction, manufacturing, mining, and natural resources industries.
If you have been injured on the job, make sure you research your legal options. Many injured workers in Los Angeles fail to seek out guidance and are denied the benefits and support they need to stay afloat financially as they recover physically.
Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help anyone who has been injured on the the job. Contact us at (800) 438-7734.