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BLS report says Florida has high number of exposure deaths

A report published in 2012 has indicated that Florida is one of the most fatal states for workplace accidents related to harmful exposure. A factory accident can certainly be caused by exposure to substances or environments that are considered hazardous. With Florida ranking third in the country with 27 exposure fatalities in 2011, there may be cause for workers to be concerned. The state was only topped by Texas and California, which had first and second place, respectively.

The information came from a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics called the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. In that report, there are six types of workplace fatalities listed: contact with objects and equipment; harmful exposure; trips, slips and falls; fires and explosions; transportation; and workplace violence. Texas led in the first five categories according to the preliminary information from 2011 used in the 2012 publication. California led in deaths related to workplace violence.

But these figures may be deceiving because all three states mentioned - Florida, Texas and California - have massive working populations. They actually possess three of the largest in the country. To account for this, analysts chose to reexamine the data and consider it as fatalities per 100,000 workers. This took all three states out of the top five states with more than 1 million workers. But some experts caution against using rates such as this because there are many variables other than worker population sizes.

Events such as the fertilizer plant explosion that killed more than a dozen workers in Texas should cause alarm for individuals employed at industrial facilities. If you or someone you love has been injured by a workplace accident, consider contacting an attorney. She or he may be able to guide you in the right direction, especially if you are planning on filing a claim against the employer.

Source:  politifact.com, "Jim Marston says Texas leads the nation in fatal industrial accidents" No author given, May. 08, 2013

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