Study shows increase in fatal accidents in the workplace

According to federal data analyzed by the National Safety Council, unintentional injuries in the workplace have risen substantially in the past few years. In fact, 2015 saw the most unintentional injuries in the workplace since 2008. More than 4,000 workers died due to unintentional injuries in 2014. This indicates an increase of about six percent from 2013 to 2014. This is the first time the number of preventable workplace deaths has increased so significantly in 20 years. In the past two decades, over 90,000 workers have died.

The National Safety Council was founded in October 1913. Ever since then, the National Safety Council has been behind many improvements to the safety of workplace all around the country. It is estimated that the efforts of the National Safety Council have saved millions of people from workplace-related deaths. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report about workplace fatalities that shows a recent decline in workplace safety in the United States. 

There were 4,821 reported workplace fatalities in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Most of the people who died from work-related accidents in 2014 were aged 45 to 64. Undoubtedly, the highest number of employee deaths was in the construction industry. There were also many worker deaths in the transportation, warehousing and agriculture industries. The most common cause of fatal work-related accidents was traffic accidents, which claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 workers in 2014. Quite a few of these deaths were attributable to distractions, such as cellphone use.

In the event an employee dies while working, the family of the deceased worker may be entitled to pursue compensation to help cover some financial losses. The family can pursue workers' compensation through the insurance coverage of the employer. While many people are familiar with pursuing compensation for injuries from workers' compensation insurance coverage, many people are unaware that compensation can be sought out after a death.

Every year, thousands of people die from work-related accidents. If you have had a family member injured or killed in a fatal accident in the workplace, don't hesitate to contact an attorney from Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates to learn more about the steps you can take to move forward.

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