Wisconsin residents work hard to make a living, which often means they spend more than half their day at their office. This makes their office their second, if not first, home. The only difference is where an employee can keep their home safe from all known dangers, they usually don’t have the type of knowledge and authority required to do the same for their office. This means the obligation to provide a safe working environment falls on the employer’s shoulders and when they fail to do so, employees get injured in the very space they spend most of their time in.

Fatal work injuries across the country increased by seven percent from 2015 to 2016. Though this was the first time more than 5,000 fatal injuries were reported, it was the third consecutive time workplace injuries saw an increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 there were more than 100 fatal work injuries in the state of Wisconsin, of which 36 percent could be attributed to transportation incidents.

Transportation incidents remained the most common cause of workplace injuries and accidents. Male workers were more likely to be involved in a fatal workplace accident, as well as those between the ages of 25 and 45 years.

All workers, regardless of the industry they work in or their age and race, deserve to feel safe in their workplace and it is an employer’s duty to ensure this. When a workplace injury takes place, it might be possible to file a workers’ compensation claim to make the employer live up to their other obligation-provide financial compensation for injuries sustained during the course of one’s employment.