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California sees decline in workplace injuries, illnesses

California is a state of constant growth and opportunity. Buildings, factories and homes are erected at an extraordinary rate in the Golden State's fastest growing cities, and factories and manufacturing plants are pumping out vast quantities of products that will end up in the stream of interstate commerce. Of course, construction and industrial occupations present certain dangers, and every year workers in these industries are injured on the job. However, Californians may be glad to hear that according to the Department of Industrial Relations, the rate of non-fatal injuries or illnesses workers are suffering on-the-job has gone down in 2016 to 3.7 out of every 100 full-time workers. This is a decrease from the six out of 100 workers made injured or ill in 2002.

In 2016 in California approximately 466,600 workers were injured or made ill on-the-job. Of these, nearly 80 percent took place in the private industry while over 20 percent took place in the government sector. According to the Department of Industrial Relations, the jobs that saw the most days away from work last year were those in building/grounds cleaning and maintenance. After that were jobs wherein workers were repairing, maintaining or installing items, and following that, jobs in the construction industry.

This may be good news to hear, but unfortunately it does not eliminate the fact that every day workers in California are hurt or made ill on-the-job. This can be a serious event. Not only is a worker suffering from an ailment that will take time to recover from, but at the same time the worker is missing out on hours on the job. This results not only in medical expenses, but in lost wages as well.

For these reasons, some workers in California in situations like this may want to pursue workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can be the financial support a worker needs to get by while they recover enough to go back to work. Those who want more information about pursuing workers' compensation benefits may want to seek legal help.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Worker injury, illness rate continues to decline in California," Mark Glover, Nov. 16, 2017

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