Construction, mining, and agriculture caused more injuries than any other types of work in Missouri in 2010, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The injuries in these occupations were also more severe, with more injured workers having to take time off work, return with restricted duties, or quit altogether.
Last year, about 3,700 workers in private businesses suffered workplace injuries, and about 3,400 state or local government workers did. The rates were even higher in manufacturing, with about 4,600 injuries; mining, with about 4,800 injuries; and agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, with about 6,200 recorded cases. In construction, about 6,300 people were injured in residential construction alone, with another 3,100 injured in the construction of bridges, roads, and tunnels.
Despite these injury numbers, the number of injured people who were forced to take at least one day of work was relatively low across all occupations in 2010. No industry saw more than one-third of injured workers lose time from work. The occupations in which a workplace injury required time off most often were also the ones in which workplace injuries were most common: agriculture, construction, and mining.
Missouri’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. If you’re recovering from a workplace injury, the experienced Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys at Page Law can help you with every step of the process, from handling your workers’ compensation claim to holding any negligent third parties accountable for their actions. To learn more about how we can help you carry the burden of an injury, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.