A study released by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) suggests that, in 2016 alone, at least 5,190 workers died on the job. This marked an increase of more than 350 over the previous year. According to this statistic, this would mean that some 150 workers lose their lives on the job on a daily basis here in the United States.
Researchers working on the same study suggest that as many as 60,000 workers lost their lives in 2016 from occupational disease. Many of these victims contracted their illnesses after having been exposed to toxic chemicals in their workplace.
Among workers who died on the job that year, data shows that employees’ involvement in motor vehicle accidents is the number one reason for their deaths.
Researchers determined that as many as 600 workers employed in sectors such as fishing, forestry, hunting and agriculture die each day on the job. Construction, warehousing, transportation workers and miners have the highest worker death rates of all sectors, though.
At least 36 of workers who die at work are 55 or older. Researchers determined that workers ages 65 and older have at least two and a half times the risk of dying from a job-related incident than their younger counterparts.Latinos also appeared to have a 0.1 higher chance of suffering a fatal injury on the job than their nonHispanic counterparts.
Whether you’ve been seriously injured or someone you love has lost his or her life while on the job, a Dauphin attorney can advise you of potential legal remedies available to you to pursue in your case.
Source: MarketWatch, “Older and Latino workers are far more likely to die on the job than others,” Quentin Fottrell, April 27, 2018