Thousands of people die every year as the result of unsafe working conditions and accidents that may occur on the job. In many cases, some level of negligence will exist on the part of one or many individuals or entities in connection with the fatality. If this is the case, the family of the deceased may have the right to recover compensation from the responsible parties. However, these situations can be rather complicated and it may require the assistance of a wrongful death lawyer.
Industries that have the highest rates of worker fatality
Many types of jobs can expose the worker to some level of risk of death caused by work injury, but some industries account for more fatalities then others. Along with that, the industries that have the most fatalities are not always the ones that have the highest fatality rates. In 2012, there were a total of 4,628 occupational fatalities for an overall death rate of 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers. With information provided by a fact sheet from the Board of Labor Statistics, we can show some of the industries that account for the most worker deaths and the highest death rates.
- Construction: 806 deaths for an overall death rate of 9.9
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting: 509 deaths for an overall death rate of 22.8
- Transportation and warehousing: 741 deaths for an overall death rate of 14.6
- Government: 453 deaths for an overall death rate of 2.0
- Professional and business services: 409 deaths for an overall death rate of 2.7
- Manufacturing: 327 deaths for an overall death rate of 2.2
- Retail: 273 deaths for an overall death rate of 1.9
- Leisure and hospitality: 232 deaths for an overall death rate of 2.2
- Wholesale trade: 204 deaths for an overall death rate of 5.4
- Natural resource extraction: 181 deaths for an overall death rate of 15.9
Common causes of workplace injuries
In this section, we are not necessarily talking about causes of occupational fatalities that may be connected to some form of wrongful death litigation, but rather the most common causes of workplace fatalities as whole. This information comes from the same BLS fact sheet as the information above and the intention is to inform readers of the situations that most commonly lead to worker fatalities.
- Transportation incidents accounted for 42% of the occupational fatalities with the majority of these being roadway incidents.
- Fatalities that were the result of injuries from humans or animals accounted for 17% of workplace fatalities with the majority being connected to a homicide.
- Contact with equipment and workplace objects resulted in 16% of the fatalities.
- Slips and falls caused 15% of occupational fatalities.
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments accounted for 7% of the workplace fatalities.
- Fires and explosions were responsible for 3% of occupational fatalities.
As you can see from the statistics, people die on the job every day and quite frequently. If you have lost a loved one in a work related incident, there is no amount of money that can compensate for the loss, but that doesn’t mean that the negligent parties should be let off the hook. The construction accident lawyers at Guajardo & Marks have experience with wrongful death lawsuits and cases that are in connection with workplace injury. Contact us to schedule a consultation and we can put our skill and experience to work for you.