According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona's Research and Statistics Division, work-related deaths in Arizona decreased 1 percent from 2009 to 2010. In 2009 there were 76 deaths, and in 2010 there were 75 deaths that occurred in the workplace. Numbers were collected in the 2010 Arizona Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
A former worker from CSX is suing the company for injuries he sustained on the job. He alleges that he suffered severe and permanent injuries to his body, including his neck, back and shoulders. He says the injuries prevent him from working.
With elections coming up in 2012, changes to state laws regarding workers' compensation for undocumented workers will likely be a highly discussed and debated topic.
In Arizona and everywhere else, employers are responsible for providing safe working environments for their employees. Not only does this mean a workplace free from unnecessary hazard, it also means that employers must make sure their employees are properly trained on how to operate certain equipment or handle certain chemicals, depending on the workplace. Unfortunately, not all employers adequately equip their workers with the skill and knowledge necessary to ensure safety.