The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records data on all fatal work-related accidents across the country every year. The data is compiled in the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. In 2015, there were nearly 5,000 fatal work injuries – the highest number in a single year since 2008. Some professions are more prone to accidents and injuries than others.
According to the BLS census, the top ten deadliest occupations in the United States are:
- Aircraft pilots and engineers
- Refuse and recyclable collectors
- Iron and steel workers
- Truck and delivery drivers
- Farmers and ranchers
- Electric power-line installers and repairmen
- Landscaping workers and groundskeepers
Types of Fatal Work Accidents
Most fatal work accidents are transportation-related. More than half of all transportation and roadway accidents involve tractor-trailers. After transportation accidents, slips, trips, and falls are responsible for the most work-related deaths. Deadly contact with equipment or objects is the third leading cause of workplace fatalities. Workplace violence is another leading cause of job fatalities, followed by exposure to toxic substances. Explosions and fires complete the list of the most common cause of workplace deaths.
Notable Findings from the BLS Census
The BLS census data generally does not change dramatically from year to year. Changes in workplace safety and accident rates are more gradual. However, there were some notable changes in the most recent report.
- Older workers account for the second-largest age group suffering fatal work injuries.
- Fatal accidents among Hispanic and Latino workers increased to 903 in 2015, the highest they have been since 2007.
- On-the-job suicides decreased significantly in 2015 while homicides increased slightly.
- Several construction occupations including carpenters, electricians, and plumbers suffered the highest number of fatalities they have in recent years.
- Though the average injury rate per 100,000 workers was highest for loggers, delivery and truck drivers had the highest overall total of fatalities at 885 in 2015.
The BLS census in invaluable in helping government officials, industry leaders, and business owners understand the dangers that U.S. workers face. This data can be used to create laws and safety initiatives aimed at reducing workplace deaths.
Legal Options for Injured Workers
Certain professions more dangerous than others. That does not stop these brave workers from reporting for duty on a daily basis, putting their lives at risk to provide for themselves and their families. Injured employees not only face pain and suffering; they have to deal with significant medical expenses as well. The survivors of loved ones killed on the job also face an unknown financial future. The Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. are dedicated to protecting America’s workers and their families.
To ensure a successful Workers’ Compensation claim, injured workers should document their accident with a supervisor or manager immediately. Medical records and witness accounts are also very important for a claim. Consulting an experienced work injury lawyer for guidance is also highly recommended.
Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. Recover Maximum Compensation for Injured Workers
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have rights. Contact us online or call 412-765-1888 today to schedule free case evaluation. The knowledgeable and highly skilled Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. serve clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, including those in Allegheny County, Lawrence County, Washington County and New Castle, Pennsylvania.