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Serious injuries and fatalities at work

Injuries and fatalities at work affect Texas employers every year. One thing that many people are curious about is why fatalities and injuries are on the increase, even though reported accidents are down. The greatest reduction in serious workplace accident cases comes when people identify certain precursors.

According to the National Safety Council, 1.1 million injuries and 3,613 fatalities happened in the workplace in 2012. A majority of these types of accidents included burns, falls and vehicle accidents. Altogether, these types of accidents ran up $200 billion in workers' compensation claims. Workplace injury remains a very real problem in the American workforce.

Many experts agree that while having zero accidents happen in the workplace is not very feasible, improvement efforts are a very real possibility. Distractions at work, shortcuts and bad decisions all play a role in the prevalence of workplace accidents. Fostering a culture where workers practice sound safety practices on their own makes a major difference in the safety of the workplace.

Some workplace accidents have the potential for serious, life-changing effects on a worker's life. Burns often result in serious permanent injury as well as scarring. Although many people think of burns as resulting from fires or explosions, many of the serious burns that happen in the workplace result from chemicals. While some cases of burns seem unavoidable, many could have been avoided with proper precautions. Anyone facing an injury suffered in the workplace may benefit from contacting a lawyer to learn what sort of recourse they have. Getting legal advice may make life following an injury easier.

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