By Anders Blewett
Earlier this month a man from Spokane, WA died from a workplace injury in a forklift accident in Polson, Montana. The worker was operating a Gradall material handler when it rolled over on a steep hill after using it to replace a generator on a mountaintop. This unfortunate accident is an example of a worst-case scenario of a workplace injury.
Montana Workplace Injury Statistics
Although they are often preventable Montana ranked 2nd in 2007 for the most workplace injuries, and, between 2003 and 2009 in Montana there were 247 fatal workplace injuries. This number is combined with the thousands of work related injuries that are non-fatal or go unreported. Sustaining a workplace injury can be incredibly burdensome for the injured worker, his or her family, and the employer. The financial impact, including direct and indirect costs for a workplace injury is sometimes as significant as diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s.
Who is at Risk for Workplace Injury?
Males are most likely to suffer a fatal workplace injury in Montana, as well as workers whose jobs include driving, machinery, or other transportation; these account for 49% of reported workplace injuries. Workers most likely to sustain a non-fatal workplace injury include laborers, stock, freight & material movers followed by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; construction and oil rig workers; carpenters; heavy transport truck drivers; and light or delivery service truck drivers.
Workplace Injury Lawyers Fighting for Injured Montanans
Montana has one of the highest percentages of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries in the nation. The workplace injury lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have considerable experience handling workplace injury cases, and have obtained significant verdicts on behalf of their clients. It is important to not only work safely, but also be educated on your rights as a worker. If you or a loved one has sustained a workplace injury, consider contacting a lawyer with experience who can advise you.