December 27, 2011

Injuries and illness in the workplace are on the decline. According to KVUE News, employers in private industries reported a 5.8 percent decrease in the number of non-fatal cases resulting in absence from work in 2010, resulting in a total of 56,720 incidents for the year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in cooperation with the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC), conducted the survey in order to better inform and assist employers with identifying possible health and safety risks in the workplace.

The study found that 79.5 injuries or illnesses were reported per 10,000 full-time employees across the state of Texas. The average number of days on the job missed because of these injuries and illnesses  increased to nine days this year, a slow-but-steady rise from the eight days reported in the previous two years.

The TDI-DWC plans to continue fighting the problem by offering programs such as:

  • Free safety and health consultations on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
  • Regional and on-site safety training
  • Free safety and health publications
  • Guidance on return-to-work and drug-free workplace programs
  • A Safety Violations Hotline

The Texas workers’ compensation attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers have years of experience working with individuals who have been injured or gotten sick while on the job at no fault of their own. Their team of compassionate attorneys is available anytime to discuss questions you may have regarding your rights.