The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a new report showing a 7-percent jump in fatal workplace injuries between 2015 and 2016. It cited transportation as the most common cause of death on the job-accounting for about two-fifths of all incidences. Violence in the workplace rose 23 percent in the last year, making it the second most common cause of death at work.
The report outlines other notable trends. Slip and fall fatalities went up 25 percent between 2011 and 2016. In 2016 alone, individuals who work at high heights (e.g., tree trimmers, carpenters, roofers) as well as truck drivers experienced a more than 25 percent increase in falls. In addition, workers suffering overdoses on the job spiked 32 percent in 2016.
Injuries involving transportation, like truck drivers, was the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of all recorded fatalities. The second highest cause of work place fatalities was violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Large increases in fatalities were also seen in exposures to harmful substances or environments. Despite best efforts, work places cannot be made 100% safe.
If you’ve been injured on the job you may be entitled to a weekly check to replace lost income and, medical benefits to treat your injury. Should your loved one die as a result of a work place injury, Georgia Law provides burial benefits and possibly weekly income benefits to the dependants of your deceased loved one. In Georgia, benefits to a surviving spouse can be as much as $230,000.
If you’ve suffered a work place injury or, lost a loved one because of a work place injury, be sure to contact an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate this difficult process.