In 2016, there were 5,190 fatal occupational injuries recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This was a 7 percent increase in the number of reported fatal injuries in 2015, a significant concern.
When you go to work, you expect to come home at the end of the day. In fact, many workers count the hours until they can leave, never imagining that they may not ever see their families again.
When you're on the job, it's crucial that you stay safe. If you get hurt, you could lose your ability to work. Yes, you have workers' compensation to cover you, but even then your income won't be what it once was.
It's a tragedy when any kind of accident happens on the job, let alone one that causes the death of a worker. In that situation, coworkers, employers, family members and others may all be affected.
If you work in construction, something that may worry you is that the number of construction worker fatalities has gone up by 6 percent. A Dec. 21 report states that fatalities increased 6 percent between 2015 and 2016, with 991 total worker deaths recorded.
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.
If you work for a company as an independent contractor, you may not have a right to workers' compensation. That doesn't mean you can go without coverage of any kind, though, because if you do and get hurt, you may need to file a personal injury claim or rely on savings to get through the emergency. In some cases, those without any option for compensation find themselves struggling to pay medical bills or to cover their lost wages.
When you got the call that your spouse was killed, you knew that workers' compensation would kick in. For you, that didn't seem like enough. You knew that the accident was a result of negligence, and you want to know if you can get more than what workers' compensation wants to provide to you.
Employers may never have thought of this before, but if an employee suffers a bug bite that leads to infection or illness while working, they could be held liable for that injury. For example, in California, Lyme disease does have the potential to be a problem, particularly in areas with wildlife and foliage. The disease isn't always easy to detect right away, but over time, it can lead to chronic health issues.
Something troubling happened in California in 2015. In one year, 388 workers were killed at work. This means that an average of just over one person left for a work shift and didn't come home each day of the year. This is something that is simply unacceptable.