A John Wayne Airport worker was killed on the job on the evening of Feb. 19 while working on a 4-foot-tall tire in a workshop just below Gate 3. The incident was first reported to emergency dispatch just after 11:30 p.m.
A 30-year veteran mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, who also served as pastor at a church in La Mirada, was struck and killed by a motorist in Commerce on Dec. 3.
The 58-year-old China Press founder was shot dead in his newspaper's Alhambra office, located at 2121 W. Mission Road on Nov. 16.
When looking at fatal workplace injuries, did you know that electrocutions come in second overall in the construction industry? They are part of the famous "fatal four," and they make up 8.2 percent of the fatal accidents on the job. They barely edge out workers who get struck by objects, at 8.1 percent, though the most common type of fatal accident is a fall, at 39.9 percent.
It can be exciting to work in the construction industry, as you never know what each day will bring. However, you should never lose sight of the many potential accidents that could cause serious injury or even death in these workplaces.
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.