What Do Montana Work Injury Findings Tell Us?

New findings have emerged from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry showing that, as a whole, workplaces around the state have gotten a little safer over the past few years.

In 2015 (for which we have the most recent data), the average incidence rate of work injuries and illnesses was 4.3 cases out of every 100 full-time workers; in 2013, it was 4.7 out of every 100.

What can we make of these findings?

We can share some of the optimism these findings inspire, and continue to encourage and enforce workplace safety, while at the same time considering the progress that we still need to make.

Certain industries, for example, remain much more dangerous than others. For both manufacturing and construction, the injury incidence rate actually increased between 2014 and 2015, going against the general trend.

People who work on construction sites and with machinery in manufacturing enterprises remain vulnerable to serious injuries. So do workers in different kinds of energy industry jobs, including many of the workers in the Bakken oil fields.

These injury rate findings also don't include all workers. For instance, a company may not report or keep records of every workplace injury.

Seeking legal assistance with your work injury

Work injuries are potentially devastating, resulting in lifelong debilitation and the need for long-term medical interventions. Workplace accidents may lead to emergency room visits, surgeries, hospital stays, physical rehabilitation, psychological counseling, and the need for assistive devices such as wheelchairs.

Should you suffer a work injury, don't hesitate to contact us for legal advice and assistance. We will work with you to seek sufficient compensation for your injury and its effects on your life.