Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed at their place of employment. While many of these accidents could have been prevented, there are times when mistakes happen.
According to a report by the AFL-CIO, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the United States in 2013. Along with this, approximately 50,000 people died as the result of an occupational disease.
While these fatality statistics are alarming, here is something that is just as concerning: In the same year, approximately 3.8 million workers were injured or became ill on the job. Furthermore, this only takes into consideration incidents that were reported. When you consider those that go unreported, this number is likely three times higher.
Even though the job fatality rate has declined over the past four years, it still remains a problem throughout the United States.
It doesn’t matter if you work in North Dakota, the state with the highest job fatality rate, or Hawaii, the state with the lowest job fatality rate, it is a must to fully understand the risks associated with your employment.
There is no denying that some industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are more dangerous than others. However, any person, regardless of his or her job title or industry in which he or she works, can be injured or killed.
Our attorneys understand that the workplace can be extremely dangerous. They also know how to help those who have been injured on the job. If you want to learn more about your rights, review our “Workplace Injuries” webpage. The information will help you better understand what to do next.