Unfortunately, the statistics for deaths of workers on the job does not bring any good news. The U.S. Department of Labor’s preliminary report for 2014 shows that employees’ deaths in workplace accidents increased to 4,585 fatal work injuries, a two percent increase from 2013. Because this is not the final figures for 2014, the actual increase in fatalities will be even higher and will be the highest increase in fatal injuries in six years.
Where Workplace Deaths Are Increasing Most
While some industries saw decreases in workplace injuries causing employee deaths, many did not. Industries where deaths increased include:
- Mining deaths, by 17 percent
- Agricultural deaths, by 14 percent
- Manufacturing deaths, by 9 percent
- Construction deaths, by 6 percent
Workers over 55, contract workers, and self-employed workers saw the highest rise in deaths. Many of the older workers were over 65 years old, which is in line with the trend of people delaying retirement longer.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor’s statistics show increases in deaths in certain types of workplace accidents. These include the following:
- Transportation accidents were slightly up, with roadway accidents accounting for 57 percent of all worker deaths. These figures are expected to increase when the final figures are released.
- Deaths from falls, slips, and trips increased 10 percent.
- Falls to lower levels rose by 9 percent and falls from the same level increased by 17 percent.
Sadly, many deaths could be prevented if employers implemented safety measures required by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) and trained workers in the dangers of their workplaces. However, until that happens, workers who die or are injured on the job in New Jersey could be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation.
If you suffered a workplace injury or a family member was killed on the job, I am here to help you get the benefits you could be entitled to under workers’ comp. Call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options.