Most of us accept that our job comes with a risk of injury, but we never imagine it will be something serious. Maybe a sprained ankle or a pulled back muscle, for example, or some bad bruising after being struck by an object. Nothing too severe.
The reality is, a workplace injury can be life-altering. Spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, burns, disfigurement, amputation, organ damage, loss of certain senses – these may not be the most common outcomes, but they are possible. And workers in certain industries face a higher risk of injuries than those in other sectors.
The industries with the highest injury rates
In 2018, there were 93,100 total reported cases of workplace injury or illness in the private sector, according to a report from the State of Ohio. About half of these required the worker to take time away from the job or operate with restrictions – suggesting the injury had a noticeable impact on their daily abilities.
Agriculture saw, by far, the highest incidence rate, with 8.2 injuries or illnesses for every 100 full-time workers. The top six sectors that most often put workers in harm’s way were:
- Agriculture – 8.2 incidents per 100 workers
- Art, entertainment and recreation – 3.6 incidents per 100 workers
- Transportation and warehousing – 3.3 incidents per 100 workers
- Healthcare and social assistance – 3.3 incidents per 100 workers
- Manufacturing – 3.2 incidents per 100 workers
- Construction – 3.1 incidents per 100 workers
The back, hands and head were the areas of the body that most frequently suffered an injury.
Accountability for what happened
Whenever someone suffers a workplace injury, it is important to determine who or what caused the related incident. This is particularly important if it was a third party, not your employer. If a third party’s negligent behavior contributed to the accident, they can be liable for your injuries.
Examples of a responsible third party include:
- The manufacturer of a defective tool
- A subcontractor that fails to follow safety guidelines
- Equipment that malfunctions due to a design flaw
- A chemical manufacturer that does not divulge health hazards
- Unsafe repair or maintenance
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious workplace injury, accountability is important. Not only can it relieve the financial burden that comes with a serious injury, it also allows a victim to focus on what is most important: recovery.