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Arizona Workplace Injury Survey Shows Surprising Results

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on September 21, 2011

Industries such as agriculture and manufacturing have typically resulted in more injuries than other types of occupations. Results of the most recent survey of work injuries paint a different picture. Perhaps due to better working conditions and more stringent safety rules, the agriculture, mining, and manufacturing industries are not in the top three causes of workplace accidents for 2009.

The industries with the most injuries are ranked as follows:

  1. Services
  2. Retail
  3. Construction
  4. Transportation
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Wholesale
  7. Agriculture
  8. Finance/Insurance
  9. Mining

Sprains and strains account for the biggest percentage of workplace injuries, followed by these issues:

  • Fractures
  • Bruises/Contusions
  • Cuts/Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Chemical Burns
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Back injuries top the list of reasons for lost work time, followed by knee, ankle, wrist, head, and neck injuries. These injuries cost employers millions of dollars each year, highlighting the need for safety training, implementation of workplace safety programs, and availability of appropriate safety equipment in the workplace.

When employers refuse to spend money on safety equipment or take the time to train employees, they are putting everyone at risk. Simple steps, such as implementing a safety committee to identify potential hazards, can save employers money and help employees avoid workplace accidents. Employers can encourage employees to maintain safe work habits by implementing financial incentives tied to safety.

If you are the victim of a workplace accident because you did not have the right tools or safety equipment, contact the Phoenix work accident attorneys at The Breyer Law Offices P.C. We will fight for your rights and work to win you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us at (602) 457-6222.

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