Fatal Transportation Injuries are Primary Cause of Workplace Fatalities

Transportation incidents on the job are frequently the cause of workplace fatalities in North Carolina, and elsewhere.

According to 2012 fatal work accident statistics just released by the U.S. Department of Labor, the number one cause of death for workers on the job is transportation related injuries.

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Forty percent of all fatal workplace injuries resulted from transportation incidents. These incidents can involve motorized land vehicles on the roadways but can also result from accidents that occur off the roadways, such as tractor or forklift accidents. Fatal transportation related injuries may also occur when a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle.

What is even more frightening about the statistics regarding transportation related incidents is that the current numbers are preliminary and are expected to rise when the report is finalized in the Spring of 2014.

In the past this blog has discussed the increased dangers of transportation related injuries for older workers.

According to a guide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are many precautions a worker can use to help prevent themselves from being involved in transportation related incident that result in a fatality. These preventative measures include:

· Always using seat belts and not allowing workers to ride with you who do not have their own seat belt.
· Obeying all traffic laws and signs.
· Never drive if you are tired.
· Always know how to conduct basic maintenance on your vehicle.

The employer is responsible for workplace safety and should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of workers. Some of these precautions include:

· Ensure all drivers are licensed.
· Be certain that all vehicles have seat belts for the driver and each passenger. It should also be company policy that seat belts are used at all times.
· Never put such strict time pressures on your employees that they feel the need to disobey traffic laws and speed limits and driver unsafely.
· Each driver should be trained in how to drive safely and how to use all the features of the vehicle they will drive.
· Routine maintenance should be performed on all vehicles to guarantee they are in adequate working order.

Additional safeguards can be put in place for employers and employees working in construction and/or maintenance environments, such as wearing clothing that is highly visible and carefully controlling traffic when work is performed near public roads.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) was established in 1884 as a part of the Department of Interior and transferred to the Department of Labor in 1913. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) collects data from over 19,000 source documents to produce this report.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on a yearly basis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is federal agency primarily responsible for keeping track of price changes, market activity, and working conditions.

This blog will discuss other causes of workplace fatalities in the coming days and weeks including: Violence in the Workplace and contact with objects and equipment.

Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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