Arkansas Sees Rise in Work-Related Injuries
Oct. 22, 2012
The Arkansas Department of Labor announced earlier this month the state saw a jump in the number of workplace fatalities last year. The Arkansas New Bureau reported the number of Arkansas workers killed in on the job accidents increased from 88 in 2010 to a total of 93 in 2011.
The leading cause of death was transportation injuries. Data showed that 50 of the fatal work-related accident in the state, or 54 percent of the total fatalities, were caused by motor vehicle collisions. This was the eighteenth year in a row transportation accidents were the leading cause of work-related deaths.
Death resulting from an Arkansas Equipment Injury was the second most common fatal accident on the list. Experts claimed that last year these accidents killed eleven Arkansas workers. Nine individuals died after being hit by an object or piece of equipment, while six others died as a result of falls caused by equipment.
Another 14 workers died after being exposed to harmful substances or work environments. This includes six workers who were electrocuted and five others who suffered heat strokes.
Eleven other Arkansas employees were killed as the result of violent acts committed by animals or other humans.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton believe employers have a responsibility to provide their workers with a safe environment to do their job and would suggest anyone hurt on the clock discuss their case with a qualified attorney.