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Who is at risk for work-related injury in Georgia?

According to data published in 2014 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men in the state of Georgia were killed in almost ten times the number of fatal workplace accidents that women were killed in. The BLS also reports that workers aged 35 and above accounted for most of the fatal injuries during that year.

That doesn't mean that women are more safe in the workplace, but it might illustrate that more men tend to work in riskier occupations. Either way, it's important to note that workplace accidents can occur in any location and to any worker. Even workers who are very careful and serious about safety can be involved in an accident.

In Georgia, the highest number of fatal workplace injuries occurred in construction environments; that industry accounted for 32 out of 152 reported deaths. The next highest industry was transportation and warehousing, which reported 21 deaths.

Other industries with a relatively high number of fatal workplace accidents included agricultural industries, manufacturing and waste services. Industries with the lowest number of reported fatalities included real estate, education, health care, food service and state government.

The BLS divides fatal workplace accidents into six categories. Transportation is the largest category, and accounted for 62 total fatalities.Violence in the workplace was the next largest category, and falls and slips followed in third place.

Almost all of the injury types reported by the BLS are covered by workers' compensation, with the possible exception of violence in the workplace. If you are injured in any workplace and want to know more about how you can receive compensation, consider speaking with an attorney about your ability to file a workers' compensation claim.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Fatal occupational injuries in Georgia," accessed May 20, 2016

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