Recently released statistics from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) show that in calendar year 2013, 796 of the 3,929 worker fatalities nationwide occurred in the construction industry. That figure represents just over 20 percent of all work-related deaths.
Further research by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that just four accident types, known by safety officials as construction’s “fatal four,” account for more than half – 58.7 percent – of construction worker deaths. Consider these facts and figures from 2013, the most recent year for which full statistics are available.
- Falls: Accidental falls caused 294 out of 796 total construction industry deaths – a figure representing 36.9 percent.
- Struck by object: This typically happens when objects fall from cranes or scaffolds or when pushing, pulling or prying causes objects to become airborne. Collisions with objects killed 82 workers (10.3 percent) in 2013.
- Electrocutions: A common cause of electrocutions on construction sites is touching, holding or operating equipment that comes into contact with overhead power lines. Electrocutions killed 71 workers (8.9 percent) in 2013.
- Caught-in/between: Examples include being trapped in caved-in trenches, body parts being pulled into or caught in machinery, strangulation due to clothing being pulled into or caught in machinery or being crushed between rolling, sliding or shifting objects. This accident type killed 21 workers (2.6 percent) in 2013.
If you are injured in or have lost a loved one to a construction accident of any sort, you are entitled to fair compensation. Call 800-251-1111 to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a report that suggests a link between suffering a workplace injury with long-term income inequality.
“For many injured workers and their families, a workplace injury creates a trap which leaves them less able to save for the future or to make the investments in skills and education that provide the opportunity for advancement,” the report reads. “These injuries and illnesses contribute to the pressing issue of income inequality: they force working families out of the middle class and into poverty, and keep the families of lower-wage workers from entering the middle class. Work injuries hamper the ability of many working families to realize the American Dream.”
Consider these statistics:
- On average, injured workers earn $31,000 or 15 percent less in the decade following a workplace injury.
- Families of injured workers and their private insurance companies shoulder 63 percent of costs related medical treatment and lost wages, compared to just 21 percent covered by the employer.
- Fewer than 40 percent of eligible workers actually apply for the workers’ compensation benefits they’re due after suffering an injury or contracting and illness.
Don’t let a workplace injury or illness cause your family decades of financial stress. Call 800-251-1111 and schedule a consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.
Back in October, Trader Joe’s opened a Jacksonville Beach location to much fanfare. It’s the popular grocery chain’s first venture into our area. But if you recently shopped there, take note. The supermarket chain has issued a recall of its raw walnuts after FDA-confirmed reports of Salmonella contamination in certain packages.
Meanwhile, Iowa-based Frontier Co-op also announced this week that it is voluntarily recalling dozens of products manufactured with organic garlic powder sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, plus another product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand, also due to potential Salmonella contamination. Affected products include the garlic powder itself, plus seasonings, broths, sauces and dips that contain it.
Salmonella is an intestinal bacterium that can lead to serious infections and illnesses, particularly in at-risk groups such as like young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps that typically show up 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Most victims recover in four to seven days without treatment. However, those experiencing severe symptoms may need to be hospitalized and treated with antibiotics. If a Salmonella infection spreads from the intestines into the blood stream, it can prove fatal. In rare cases, infection also can lead to more severe health conditions including infected aneurysms, endocarditis (an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart) and arthritis.
To determine whether you’ve purchased any of the recalled products, check label and lot information found on the Frontier Co-op website and the FDA website. All can be returned to the store for full refunds. However, if you or your family suffered an illness after eating or handling one of the recalled products, keep the product and packaging intact and get medical treatment immediately. Then, call 800-251-1111 to speak with a product liability or personal injury attorney who can help you secure fair compensation for losses including medical treatment and lost wages resulting from your illness.
Upward of 27,000 automobile accidents happen each and every day on America’s roadways, according to statistics from the National Safety Council. These crashes leave some 2.5 million drivers and passengers injured or disabled each year. Among the most common injuries resulting from car crashes are:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Also known as TBI, traumatic brain injury is among the most debilitating results of auto accidents. It occurs when the head suffers a violent hit and can involve bruising, bleeding or swelling of the brain. Auto accidents are the third leading cause of TBI and the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths in the US.
- Neck injuries: These can range from whiplash and neck strain to more serious issues like cervical dislocation and disk injury.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord damage involves displaced bone fragments, disc material or ligaments bruising or tearing into spinal cord tissue, all of which can damage the nerve cells that carry signals between the brain and other body parts. These types of injuries often result in permanent loss of feeling and certain body functions.
- Lower Back Injuries: Sprains, strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae all are lower back injuries that can cause chronic pain and limited mobility.
- Chest injuries: Though greatly reduced by the standard placement of airbags in dashboards and steering wheels, chest injuries remain common. They include broken ribs and sternum (breast bone) and punctured lungs.
- Diaphragm rupture: A diaphragm rupture is a tear of the muscle across the bottom of the rib cage that happens as a result of blunt or penetrating trauma to the trunk or lower chest. The diaphragm is crucial to respiration and a rupture is almost always associated with herniation of abdominal organs into the chest cavity. This can interfere with breathing and cut off blood supply to organs.
- Facial injuries: Trauma to the face in caused by collision with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. Results can range from mild scrapes and bruises to fractures and deeper lacerations to serious jaw, dental and eye injuries.
- Internal injuries: Your kidneys, bowels, spleen, liver, lungs and heart all are at risk of serious damage in a car accident, and many are life-threatening.
- Psychological injuries: Not all lasting damage can be seen by the eye or by diagnostic imaging machines. Psychological injuries including emotional distress, persistent anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have enduring effects on virtually every facet of a victim’s life.
The most heartbreaking news, however, is that human error accounts for over 90 percent of these accidents, meaning that the overwhelming majority of them are fully preventable. If you are injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, get medical treatment immediately. Then, dial 800-251-1111 to speak with an auto accident attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell to help assure you get the financial compensation you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its annual Traffic Safety Facts report detailing research covering 2013, and there’s some good news. After an increase in motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2012 – the first year-over-year increase since 2005 – 2013 saw a reduction in the number of people lost on America’s roadways.
The report shows that in 2013, 32,719 people were killed in crashes on US roadways, down from 33,782 in 2012. That 1,063-fataility difference represents a 3.1 percent drop. Non-fatal injuries declined as well, falling by 49,000, but still affecting some 2.3 million victims.
Such improvements were seen nearly every segment of the population – passenger vehicle occupants, large-truck occupants, pedestrians and young drivers. Among the highlights of the report:
- Passenger vehicle occupants killed in single-vehicle rollovers decreased 7.3 percent overall in 2013, and a full 12 percent in SUVs.
- The number of motorcyclists who lost their lives in 2013 dropped by six percent to 318.
- The number of people who died in alcohol-impaired crashes decreased by 2.5 percent to 10,076.
- The decrease in the number of young drivers involved in fatal crashes (358) from 2012 to 2013 makes up 33 percent of the decrease in all drivers involved during that same time period.
- Over the past 10 years, the number of fatalities on the nation’s roadways has been reduced nearly 25 percent.
Still even one life lost or serious injury suffered is too many. Despite the improvements, any auto accident can cause devastating injuries that affect victims for their entire lives, and the families of those lost are never the same. That’s why we here at Harrell and Harrell specialize in helping auto accident victims and their families to secure fair compensation for their losses. If you or someone you love was hurt or lost in a collision caused by someone else’s negligence, call 800-251-1111 to speak with a dedicated auto accident attorney in Jacksonville today.