Whether you work in the construction industry, an office or any other environment, you need to recognize the various risks you face on the job. Every year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries on job sites across Kentucky, some of which prevent them from working for a period of time or indefinitely.
It is helpful for employers and workers to understand the hazards that are present in the workplace and review statistics on job-related injuries in order to recognize the prevalence of workplace accidents.
How many people miss work due to on-the-job injuries?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private sector employers across the state of Kentucky reported more than 38,000 job-related injuries and illnesses over the course of 2019. Moreover, over 38,000 workers in Kentucky had to miss work due to these injuries and illnesses (3 out of every 100). This rate was higher than the U.S. national average (2.8 out of every 100 workers).
Which fields see the most work-related injuries?
The BLS data shows that in 2019, 4.3 out of every 100 workers employed in mining and natural resources suffered injuries that prompted them to miss work, compared to 0.6 for those whose job duties involve financial activities. Moreover, 56% of occupational injuries in Kentucky occurred in transportation, trade, manufacturing and utilities.
In addition to private sector injuries, 8,200 state and local government workers suffered injuries or illnesses during 2019. If you recently sustained an injury while working, you need to look into the resources that could help you move forward, such as workers’ compensation benefits.