Plymouth is a city located in the Plymouth County of Massachusetts, named after Plymouth, England. Plymouth is the oldest and largest municipality in Massachusetts, and is one of the two county seats of Plymouth County. At the time of the 2010 US Census, the population was 56,468, and according to the American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate, it had grown to 57,414 by 2014. Plymouth is called “America’s Hometown” because of its historical significance; Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower. Plymouth hosted the United States’ First Thanksgiving feast, and Plymouth Rock remains a significant historical landmark even to this day.
Plymouth Workers Face Risks on the Job
In Plymouth, there are approximately 29,152 employed civilians over 16 years old. Of those employed workers, 6,662 work in service occupations. Including 2,016 work in food preparation and serving related occupations, and 1,599 work in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations. In these occupations (and others in their sectors), workplace injuries occur quite frequently. For example, The Bureau of Labor Statistics released statistics from 2014 that reported 76,450 incidents of workplace injuries or illness that resulted in time away from work nationwide in the food preparation and serving related occupations. There were a staggering 84,090 incidents in building and ground cleaning and maintenance occupations. These numbers are alarming for employed workers in these occupations, and workers should know their rights when it comes to workplace injuries and illness.
Were You Hurt At Work?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overexertion and bodily reaction were the most common cause of injury in the workplace in 2014 with 384,260 cases accounting for 33% of total cases. The 2014 incidence rate for overexertion or bodily reaction was 35.6 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. Lifting is often a job requirement for cooks when receiving deliveries, and food servers when taking inventory or stocking workstations; building and groundskeepers also lift and move heavy objects on a daily basis. Another common cause for workplace injuries, falls, slips, and/or trips, accounted for an additional 27 percent of the total in 2014, with 316,650 injuries that resulted in time away from work at an incidence rate of 29.3. Falls, slips, and trips can happen anywhere, in any occupation or workplace, but it is very common in bustling restaurants.
A Plymouth Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
If a workplace injury has caused you to miss time at work, you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns. A workers’ compensation attorney can help to clarify your rights, answer your questions, and ease your mind. Don’t hesitate to call as soon as you are injured, your attorney can get the ball rolling on your case from the moment they hang up the phone.
If you’ve been hurt at work, schedule your free consultation with a Keches Law Group attorney today. Call us at 617-898-0808, or visit our website and chat with us online.