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Why you should fear your workplace more than you fear terrorists

There is so much focus on the terrorism currently rampant across the globe. The constant headlines about the latest attack may cause you to worry and fear that your name will be included in the next list of victims.

The truth is you are extremely likelier to die from a workplace accident or injury than from a terrorist attack. Stop worrying about terrorists and start worrying about workplace safety.

What the statistics say

The odds of a terrorist attack killing you range from 1 in 45,808 to 1 in 138.3 million depending on the circumstances, says Business Insider. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, there were fewer than 4,900 workplace deaths. This translates to about a 1 in 555 chance of dying from something related to your job.

However, even the risk of workplace death is very small. You are significantly more likely to sustain a nonfatal injury or develop an illness. These added up to 2.9 million cases in 2015. 

What this means for you

As a worker in a high-risk occupation, you need to watch out for your safety. The high chance of work-related harm means you will be alive to face the consequences of an illness or injury, such as:

  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Lost wages during recovery
  • Medical expenses
  • Inability to work as much or at all

The financial implications are very real and severe. To manage them, you will need to file a Georgia workers’ compensation claim. Do not just do this on your own, however. An experienced attorney can help you obtain the highest compensation possible for long-term benefits.

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