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What do workplace injury and illness statistics tell us?

Every worker in Los Angeles and throughout California deserves to have a workplace that is free from the potential of causing injuries or illness. When workers aren't able to work in a safe environment, the consequences can be severe: accident injuries, occupational illnesses and even complete disability. Needless to say, Los Angeles residents who are injured or who become ill due to on-the-job concerns may be unable to work for an extended period of time.

So, what do the statistics show us about workplace injuries and illnesses in America? First and foremost, the rate of non-fatal illnesses and injuries that were reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2015 fortunately showed a continued decline in the rate of these incidents. Unfortunately, there were still 2.9 million such incidents in 2015.

The vast majority of all of those injuries and illnesses that were reported for 2015 were injuries, not illnesses. In fact, almost 95 percent of the reported number were injuries. We all know that some types of work are more dangerous than others, but our readers may be surprised to learn that a full 75 percent of the injuries that were reported occurred in jobs that were service related.

Workplace injuries and illnesses that cause disabilities can be devastating for workers in Los Angeles. The inability to work and earn an income can send a family's financial picture into an unfortunate downward spiral. Fortunately, some people who are disabled in these types of incidents may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Source: bls.gov, "EMPLOYER-REPORTED WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES - 2015," Accessed Dec. 26, 2016

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