Most Alabama work-related accidents fall within the confines of Alabama's Workman's Compensation Act, a broad, no-fault remedy for on-the-job injuries. Alabama courts have clearly stated that the legislature intended the Act to be a comprehensive, absolute remedy for injured workers with the exception of very few circumstances.
A report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a decrease in the overall number of work-related fatalities in Alabama last year. The statistics, which are released on a one-year lagging basis, show that Alabama had 74 total on-the-job deaths in 2011 and ranked 25th in the nation in numbers of workplace fatalities. Last year's numbers show a significant improvement from the previous year where 92 individuals were killed while at work and the state ranked 19th overall in total work accident fatalities.
According to the Birmingham News, a coal miner was killed in a workplace accident at the Shoal Creek Mine located outside Hueytown in rural Jefferson County. Early reports claim that the job-site accident occurred around 10:35 am. The identification of the victim has not been released at this time.
With few exceptions, many personal injury cases are primarily focused in a specific area of the law. Car accidents mainly consist of negligence actions. Slip and fall accidents primarily focus on premises liability law. Workplace accidents, however, are a frequent exception to this general rule. Thus, victims of Alabama construction accidents often have various, and sometimes multiple, routes to recovery.
Due to Alabama's concentrated manufacturing industry, many Alabamians are seriously injured in forklift accidents every. Based on their annual report of workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that forklift accidents cause nearly 90 workplace deaths and seriously injure nearly 35,000 workers on the job each year.
Workplace accidents are very common in Alabama. The process usually involves notice to your employer, then you are given permission to go to the emergency room. You miss a few days from work and that's it. But what about severe and catastrophic injuries that result in a lifetime disability? Unfortunately, for most Alabama workers, worker's compensation benefits are meager and insufficient for long term needs.
Construction accidents in Alabama are common, particularly on large construction projects involving many different crafts and subcontractors. The general contractor has the responsibility, usually by contract, to oversee workplace safety and function as the "captain of the ship". With proper oversight, most workplace accidents can be prevented. Too often, general contractors ignore this responsibility and rely solely on the efforts of the subcontractors to coordinate overall safety.