Work Accidents Down Over Decade, Stagnant from Previous Year

According to the most recent reports, America’s work places are a lot less dangerous than they were ten years ago. The bad news is that there are still thousands dying on the job each and every year and the numbers don’t seem to be declining as much as safety advocates would like.
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According to CNN Money, there were nearly 5,000 workers who were killed on the job in 2011. That’s a close to 25 percent decrease from the near 6,000 who were killed back in 2000. But it’s still more about 15 workers a day.

Our Rock Hill workers’ compensation lawyers understand that the number of workplace fatalities in 2010 was more or less equal with the year before, which was named the “safest” year on the job since the United States Bureau of Labor started keeping tabs on workplace fatalities. In 2009, there were approximately 3.5 employees killed for every 100,000 people who were employed. That’s the same rate as the previous year.

When you break down the numbers, there were 2 major workplace disasters that heavily contributed to the year’s death toll calculation. It was the explosion at the Upper Big Ranch Mine over in West Virginia. In this accident, there were nearly 30 workers who were killed. The second was the oil rig explosion at the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. There were more than 10 workers killed in that work accident. When you put the two together, the number of mining fatalities jumped nearly 75 percent from the year before, to more than 170 fatalities.

List of the top most dangerous jobs in the country:

-Fisherman: More than 115 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous position was a little more than $27,800.

-Logger. More than 90 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $38,650.

-Airplane Pilot: More than 70 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was more than $115,000.

-Farmer and Rancher: More than 40 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $65,950.

-Mining machine operator: Close to 40 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just under $40,000.

-Roofer: More than 30 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $37,850.

-Sanitation Worker: Thirty workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $34,300.

-Truck Driver and Delivery Man: More than 20 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was 35,500.

-Industrial Machine Repair Man: Twenty workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $45,500.

-Police Officer: Close to 20 workers were killed per 100,000 workers. The median wage for this dangerous job was just over $55,600.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today!

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Protecting Your Rights as a N.C. Employee, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 11, 2012

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