There are various concerns when it comes to workplace accidents, from a worker’s perspective as well as an employer’s viewpoint. From lost wages to lawsuits and physical pain, these accidents can cause injuries that upend lives in an assortment of ways. In California, and all over the nation, it is important for workers across all occupations to be mindful of the risks they face and realize how prevalent these injuries actually are.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of non-fatal work injuries and illnesses in the private sector declined between 2003 and 2015. In 2003, five out of every 100 workers in the private sector sustained a work-related injury. In 2015, this rate fell to three out of every 100 workers. Moreover, the amount of time that employees had to spend away from work due to an injury or an illness also showed a decline over this same time period. However, there are still a devastating number of employees who become hurt while on the job and these injuries can turn their lives into turmoil in many ways.

It is encouraging to see that statistics show a decrease in the number of people who were hurt at work across the private sector in recent years. However, it is also important to be aware of the risks that are present and the serious repercussions associated with these types of accidents, whether they are financial, physical, or even emotional in nature. Sadly, employees continue to suffer these injuries on a daily basis.