The federal labor board recently issued statistics estimating that more than 3 million non-fatal workplace accidents occurred last year in the private sector. This figure amounts to approximately 3.4 accidents per 100 full-time workers. Michigan was not immune, suffering its fair share of incidents, mostly in the manufacturing industry. The injury types ranged from back injuries tied to lifting, all the way to burns caused by explosions.
Despite the fact that accidents continue to happen, some employers have seen success with their safety programs. For instance, Johnson Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric, was recently awarded the Star Award from Michigan’s Voluntary Protection Program. The award is presented by Michigan’s OSHA.
Company representatives believe that their commitment to safety and other initiatives led to a recordable injury rate that those in the industry consider world class. According to the report, Johnson Technologies has held an injury rate of less than one per 100 employees for the past six years. The recognition is nothing new for this Michigan aviation manufacturer. Previously, its parent company received a similar award for the local company’s ability to avoid injuries, illnesses and toxic spills.
Despite the success, not even the most diligent companies are immune from an accident. These unfortunate workplace incidents can have dire effects on a victim and his or her family. The medical expenses and reduced earning potential, along with the pressure from work all contribute to a stressful situation.
Local Saginaw workers compensation attorneys, however, can help those affected by such an incident get the help they need. From securing workers’ compensation benefits to advising them on other aspects of their legal rights, local professionals can help injured workers get back on their feet.
Source: M Live Media Group, “Johnson Technology receives state of Michigan’s highest recognition for workplace safety,” Michelle D. Anderson, April 25, 2014