Work-Related Accidents On The Rise In Indiana

by Staff | October 24th, 2012

October 24, 2012

According to preliminary findings from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state saw a slight increase in the number of fatal work-related accidents last year. According to WTHITV 10 News, 122 workers were killed statewide last year, which was a jump from the 118 that were reported the previous year.

The leading cause of employee deaths in Indiana last year was transportation accidents, accounting for a total of 20 fatalities. This was a 54 percent jump in the number of workers who were killed the previous year. Also, 16 workers were killed in the agriculture and mining industries.

Despite last year’s increase in work-related deaths, experts say there has been a downward trend in the number of fatal work accidents over the last several decades.  Ernest Shelton, a professor of safety at Indiana State University, says, “We’re seeing companies that have seen the value of keeping employees safe, and a lot of times, it’s to protect their pocketbook.” Shelton was referring to not only lost manpower, but also the large number of Indiana Workers’ Compensation lawsuits that often accompany such injuries.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how confusing the process of filing a claim can be after an on-the-job accident. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have about a claim you are preparing to file or that has been denied in the past.

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