New findings have emerged from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry showing
that, as a whole, workplaces around the state have gotten a little safer
over the past few years.
In 2015 (for which we have the most recent data), the average incidence
rate of work injuries and illnesses was 4.3 cases out of every 100 full-time
workers; in 2013, it was 4.7 out of every 100.
What can we make of these findings?
We can share some of the optimism these findings inspire, and continue
to encourage and enforce workplace safety, while at the same time considering
the progress that we still need to make.
Certain industries, for example, remain much more dangerous than others.
For both manufacturing and construction, the injury incidence rate actually
increased between 2014 and 2015, going against the general trend.
People who work on construction sites and with machinery in manufacturing
enterprises remain vulnerable to serious injuries. So do workers in different
kinds of energy industry jobs, including many of the workers in the Bakken
These injury rate findings also don't include all workers. For instance,
a company may not report or keep records of every workplace injury.
Seeking legal assistance with your
Work injuries are potentially devastating, resulting in lifelong debilitation
and the need for long-term medical interventions. Workplace accidents
may lead to emergency room visits, surgeries, hospital stays, physical
rehabilitation, psychological counseling, and the need for assistive devices
such as wheelchairs.
Should you suffer a work injury, don't hesitate to
contact us for legal advice and assistance. We will work with you to seek sufficient
compensation for your injury and its effects on your life.