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West Virginia can be a dangerous place to work

No one who lives in and loves West Virginia would ever dispute the advantages of working in our bountiful state. As a leading provider of many of the nation's industrial needs, West Virginia offers workers a rich employment landscape. However, a place offering such a bounty of valuable resources and plentiful employment opportunities does not come without risks to workers.

As of the spring of 2015 NewsMax lists the following as the five leading industries offering work to West Virginia residents:

-- Chemical manufacturing

-- Biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing

-- Energy and coal mining

-- Aerospace fabrication

-- Automotive-related careers, including research on fuel emissions, technology and alternative fuels

Each of the industries listed above poses unique injury risks from exposure to toxic substances to falling from high places to being hit by falling objects. While the state's workforce is undoubtedly grateful to have employment, many people die every year in work-related accidents that could have been prevented. These wrongful deaths highlight the need for continued diligence by workers and their employers.

A wrongful death does not just harm the worker; it harms everyone who was close to that worker. It also harms the West Virginia economy and workforce. Many people who have lost a loved one due to work-related wrongful death never consider taking legal action, perhaps because they are in so much pain. However, doing so encourages other victims of a wrongful death to seek a legal resolution. This, in turn, trickles down to encourage employers to improve workplace safety.

Our website offers West Virginia citizens many informative articles related to workplace accidents and wrongful death. We urge you to browse our site for additional information about pursuing a wrongful death claim.

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