New Section Included in NSC’s Injury Facts DatabaseNovember 20, 2018
The National Safety Council (NSC) publishes its Injury Facts database in an effort to provide valuable information about injury and death statistics in a range of areas, including motor vehicles, the home, and the community.
In 2018, the NSC added a new section to the database, which focuses on workplace injuries. The Workplace section will provide employers with valuable information about injuries and trends, so that they can make changes and/or improvements necessary to provide a safe work environment.
At the recent National Safety Congress & Expo in Houston, the NSC introduced the new section of the database. They discussed the rise in workplace fatalities, which went up by 7.3 percent in 2016. The injuries were related to a range of issues, including transportation, falls, and violence.
The Injury Facts allows safety professionals to compare their workplace injuries with the national average by providing a tool that calculates their incident rate. Employers are not required to have their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code to conduct a search.
Workplace Injury Facts
Even though we are eight times safer at work than we are in our own homes, there is still room for improvement in the workplace.
The following are a range of statistics and trends that highlight the importance of including a Workplace section in the NSC Injury Facts:
- Women are the victims of workplace violence much more often than men. In fact, 70 percent of all assault-related injuries happen to women.
- The most fatal work injuries occur in the construction industry, with 959 fatalities in 2016.
- Workplace injuries are extremely expensive. When you consider lost productivity and wages, medical expenses, and administrative expenses, it can cost as much as $151 billion each year. The costs associated with a single workplace death is roughly $1.12 million.
- Drug and alcohol overdoses increased from 165 in 2015 to 217 in 2016.
- Fortunately, the number of falls to a lower level and falls to the same level have been going down.
Employees who have been injured in the job are eligible to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. Depending on the nature of the injury, this may include medical expenses, lost wages, medications, disability, and other costs associated with the injury.
It is important that the injured employee report the incident to his or her employer as soon as possible. He or she will then be required to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to collect the benefits. A skilled Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help the injured worker navigate this process.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Workplace Injuries
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured while on the job, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will thoroughly review the circumstances of your injury and guide you through the claims process. Our dedicated team will address all of your questions and concerns, and secure the maximum financial benefits you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.