30 Georgians died in workplace accidents last year

Monday, June 10, 2013 7:24 PM
Last updated 10:17 PM
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ATLANTA — Workplace accidents killed 30 Georgians last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported Monday.

“Too many families and friends lost loved ones last year,” said Mike D’Aquino, of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Atlanta office. “Someone they knew went to work and did not return home at the end of the day.”

Construction and manufacturing were responsible for 12 deaths each, followed by four from agriculture and landscaping, and two from maritime jobs.

The most common cause of death was a worker being struck by an object or vehicle. Falls were second, followed by the categories “caught in” – electrocution, burns, chemical exposure.

The Georgia branch of the Associa­tion of General Contractors has worked to shrink that number, which had improved as a result of reduced economic activity in recent years, according to Cherri Watson, the association’s director of safety and workforce development.

The organization annually holds more than 100 classroom safety courses and 300 worksite classes.

The training reminds workers to strap on safety cables and to catch them if they fall, but it can help only so much for highway contractors, she said.

“Motorists are just not slowing down,” she said. “We don’t think that’s the workers. We just need the public to slow down.”

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dickworth1 06/10/13 - 10:11 pm
accidents in workplace

Accidents are devastating to the family of someone hurt in a workplace accident. The cost to the family puts their home and other at jeopardy
because you only are allowed 2/3's of your average wages while out under Georgia law. Simply put, the state of Ga. is on the employers' side on this matter. You not only lose 1/3 of your pay, but you have to pay your benefits out of this workers' comp to maintain coverage on your family. Then after all is said and done, you are only allowed what the state deems as a settlement. Most Georgians think when you get hurt on the job, you will be well off when the settlement occurs, far from it! Workers' comp in Ga. is terrible and the state legislature is not going to change it because most of the state rep. and state sen. own a business or have financial ties to a company and could care less about the employees. Check with any workers comp lawyer in Ga. and you will understand what hard times you go through when you are on workers' comp. I agree that safety development is good but accidents will always be around. If Georgia was to change the monetary damage to the employer, I guarantee these companies would promote safety to all employees.

itsanotherday1 06/10/13 - 10:53 pm
Workplace accidents should

Workplace accidents should not be the employer's burden to pay for unless they are negligent. Stuff happens, that is what individual insurance is for. Why do we have this attitude of "somebody gotta pay" when bad luck strikes?

When those guys walk the high steel, there is an accepted risk, just like there is for roofers and fishermen. It isn't the companies fault if a steelworker falls because he wasn't tethered or if a fisherman trips and falls overboard.

itsanotherday1 06/11/13 - 07:14 pm
So, looks like I have a

So, looks like I have a parasitic thumbs downer who believes someone else is responsible for their actions.

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