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Could an improved economy mean more workplace accidents?

Worker injuries have been decreasing for years. While this is good news for workers, some believe that factors other than employers' attempts to improve worker safety may be behind the numbers. 

For example, a stagnant economy in general could have contributed to the trend. When there are fewer jobs, there are fewer opportunities for people to be injured on the job. The oil and gas industry, for example, has been declining the past few years. Fewer jobs in that industry means less opportunity for refinery injuries. And when those who have jobs work fewer hours and are less rushed and fatigued, this could provide some protection against potential injuries as well. There has also been a shift away from manufacturing jobs towards service jobs, which tend to be less dangerous and lead to fewer injuries. 

The new administration coming into office in January has promised to bring back American jobs and improve the economy. While good news for those who have struggled to find work, more people going back to work in the oil and gas and other manufacturing jobs could also mean more people at risk for workplace injuries. 

If you or someone you love has been injured at work, it's important to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can provide legal guidance for your injury claim. While workers are often reluctant to bring a claim for fear of losing their jobs, employer retaliation is against the law. And oftentimes workers' compensation reflects a worker's best opportunity to secure the resources necessary to recover and get back to work. 

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