When you go to work, you want to know that you’ll also come home safely. For some people, that simply isn’t how the day will end. Occupational injuries result in fatalities every year, and as a result, many people lose people they love.
Fatal workplace injuries are recorded in the United States every year. In 2015, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries, which was an increase from the year before. That should draw concern, because as injuries take place, businesses need to take steps to reduce them, not allow them to continue to happen.
According to statistics, heavy truck drivers and tractor-trailer driver are at the highest risk of a fatal injury. This field saw 745 fatal injuries in 2015, the most of any occupation recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Statistics suggest that the private oil industry, along with the gas extraction industry, both have fewer fatal injuries than in previous years. In 2015, there were 38 percent fewer fatal injuries than the year before. ‘
Fatal injuries are more common among self-employed workers than those who receive wages or salaries. Additionally, many of the people who passed away in 2015 were involved in traffic crashes while on the job. Almost half of the fatalities on roadways involved semitrucks or tankers, further supporting the idea that the heavy-truck industry is the riskiest to workers.
If you lose a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, you may be able to obtain compensation that can help your family through workers’ compensation or other means.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015,” accessed Nov. 24, 2017