The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports final statistics are in for 2013 work fatalities, and reveal nearly 4,600 workers were killed on the job that year. (That’s up from the preliminary estimate of 4,405 worker fatalities.)
That averages out to 12 workers every single day.
Although that is down from the average of 38 daily worker deaths in 1970, it’s far too high. Overall worker deaths may have fallen, but there are some industries that are known to be more perilous than others.
For example, the Consensus of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013 (the most recent year available) indicates the highest rate increase for worker deaths occurred in the private construction industry. There were 828 construction worker deaths in 2013, which amount to a 3 percent increase over the previous year.
Some of the most common construction-related accidents that result in death include:
- Struck-by objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Trench or building collapses
- Equipment-related accidents
Recently in North Carolina, yet another construction worker lost his life at work. According to news reports, the incident Winston-Salem construction accident occurred downtown recently. The worker, a subcontractor, was reportedly operating a cherry picker by a walkway connected to a former tobacco factory and warehouse that is now under renovation to house a new medical education facility. It’s not exactly clear what occurred, but emergency personal arrived on scene and were unable to revive him.
Construction is just one of the most dangerous jobs out there. Some are more surprising than others.
One of those is airline pilot. Labor officials report high rates of insomnia and stress among pilots, as well as common occurrences of deep vein thrombosis and skin cancer.
Animal workers also – particularly those working with livestock – face substantial risk of injury. The BLS reports there are an average of 63 deaths and 12,500 non-fatal injuries and illnesses suffered by animal workers annually.
EMS workers also had high risk of injury and death. EMS personnel were found to have a fatality rate of 12.7 per 100,000 workers, which is more than double the national average. Nearly half of those deaths were the result of vehicle collisions, including air transportation accidents and workers being struck by vehicles.
Firefighters and police also suffered high rates of work-related injury. In 2013, some 66,000 firefighters were injured in the line of duty.
Heavy truck and tractor-trailer operators also had higher-than-average rates of occupational injury and death. The BLS reports nearly 760 were killed in work-related incidents in 2012, and another 65,000 were injured.
Finally, lumberjacks and loggers were also at serious risk of workplace fatality, with 62 industry deaths reported in 2013.
If you have been injured at work, contact the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.
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