What do people who work here in Alaska have in common with people who work anywhere else in the country? They all share the risk of suffering from certain on-the-job injuries. Even when employers and employees take precautions to prevent these common injuries, they can still occur and require time off work and medical care to properly recover.
Anchorage's employers are required to provide a safe workplace to their employees. When that does not happen, the potential for workplace injuries increases when compared to others who take the safety of their employees seriously. Even so, the data regarding on-the-job injuries may surprise some people.
Like others here in Anchorage, you go to work every day expecting to go home safe and sound at the end of your shift. Most days that may happen, but then something happens and you suffer injuries while at work. You know that you can receive workers' compensation benefits, but you are not sure what you need to do to get them.
Major health risks can come with exposure to certain substances in the workplace. Silica is one such substance. Inhaling particles of it can create risks of developing serious respiratory conditions, such as silicosis.
It appears that fatality risks may be particularly high in workplaces here in Alaska. Recently released federal data points to the state leading the nation in workplace deaths.