With all the hustle and bustle that New York has to offer, many people would expect workplace injuries to be on the rise, but the United States Department of Labor reports just the opposite. According to New York private industry employers, about 146,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2012.
Although this number may be viewed as high for some individuals, 146,000 workplace injuries translates to 2.5 cases per 100 full-time workers within the entire state of New York. The United States Labor Department acknowledged New York's feat early this year and reported that New York was 1 of only 8 states that registered a significant decrease in the private industry rate of total recordable cases over the year.
While the numbers were considered good news regarding the private sector, the public sector saw higher numbers than the national average. Among state and local government workers in New York, about 69,000 injury and illness cases were reported in 2012. Although the number is lower than the private sector, it translates to about 7 cases per 100 full-time workers. While nationally, the rate was 5.6.
With some progress being made in workplace injuries, that does not make an injury sustained on the job any less serious. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a personal injury at the workplace and have sustained physical, emotional, or financial harm, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. A skilled attorney will afford you the representation and legal protection you deserve.