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Maryland scores a B in workplace safety

Workplace safety is a major concern for industries in Maryland and across the nation. In 2015 alone, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that 4,836 people were killed while working. This equates to an average of more than 93 people per week. Although a number of studies have been conducted to evaluate workplace safety, one study looked at each state and focused on where the problem occurs. The information is used to discover where stronger safety practices are needed and where employers can improve.

The National Safety Council conducted one such study known as The State of Safety. Researchers looked at each state to determine where they stand in regards to preventable workplace accidents, deaths and injuries, and then graded them to indicate where improvement is needed. While eleven states received an ‘F’ grade in the rankings, Maryland was one of seven that earned a ‘B’. States were graded in three different areas, including road safety, workplace safety and home and community safety. In the category of workplace safety, researchers looked at preparedness, prevention, enforcement, worker health and wellbeing and workers’ compensation.

When people are injured in a workplace accident, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Everyone is entitled to work in a safe environment. An attorney in Maryland may be able to help those who need assistance receiving workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. A lawyer may listen to the details surrounding the case and help to answer questions you have regarding the situation. 

Source: EHS Today, “No Easy A’s for States When it Comes to Safety,” Sandy Smith, Jun. 27, 2017. 

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