What the Proposed Budget Cuts to NIOSH Could Mean for You

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 11-Jul-2013

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a workplace accident or work-related disease, somewhere in the world.

Every 15 seconds, at least 160 people suffer a work injury. The statistics are rather staggering. In the United States, organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), attempt to regulate and mitigate the circumstances that lead to injuries on the job. However, as the government attempts to repair the national debt, multiple sectors are being hit with budget cuts, including those that protect workers.

The National Safety Council, which is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary, has recently made a call to OSHA and NIOSH members to write to their lawmakers, as one of the proposed cuts is to reduce or eliminate funding to NIOSH’s Education and Research Center’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing program. Without continued study and regulation of these areas, the potential for work-related accidents increases exponentially.

For those people involved in agriculture, forestry, and fishing careers, it will become vital to work with a work injury attorney and a workers’ comp law firm. The loss of limbs and the potential for fatal falls or drowning is high in these industries. Reduced or eliminated regulation could prove fatal. As the reductions roll out, seeking counsel will become increasingly important.

If you, or someone you know, have been impacted by a work injury, please contact the office of Thomas F. Martin PLC immediately by completing a free Case Evaluation form, or by calling (714) 547-5025. We will review your potential case at no charge and let you know if we can help!

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