Georgia Work Injury Attorney

New Toyo and SEWON Expansions Mean More Jobs… And More Deaths and Disfigurements

Since the recent expansion announcements by both Toyo Tires and SEWSON America, Georgia’s elected officials have been applauding the promised creation of at least 250 total jobs between the two companies. Those jobs are expected to become available in SEWSON’s Troup County manufacturing plant and a new Toyo Tires production facility in Cartersville in the near future. With statewide unemployment at 3.6% as of October 2018, new local jobs are certainly something to celebrate, but struggling Georgia residents deserve safer, healthier opportunities to support themselves and their families than the few options Toyo and SEWSON are likely to provide. Factory Work Continues to Be One of the Most Dangerous Professions The National Safety Council ranks manufacturing and production as the third most dangerous industry for…

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

For the millions of people left unemployed or underemployed during the Great Recession, the opportunity to return to work is something to be celebrated. Unfortunately, the recent drop in unemployment has been accompanied by a rise in workplace injuries and fatalities. While this might sound like the inevitable cost of returning to normal, these deaths are needless, avoidable, and alarmingly frequent. In Georgia specifically, the workplace death rate rose by as much as 70% between 2012 and 2016, with a particular spike in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Why Now? As noted in the International Journal of Epidemiology, economic growth does eventually decrease mortality rates in a general population. First, however, a rash of occupational fatalities is tragically common. These deaths…