In present years, the number of injured and killed workers has continued to rise. In 2016 alone 5,190 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries. Below is a breakdown, provided by Safety and Health Magazine, of fatalities by occupation, geography, and demographic:
- Transportation-related fatalities – which increased slightly to 2,083 – accounted for 40 percent of all fatal work-related injuries in 2016.
- Among workers 55 and older, 1,848 deaths occurred – the highest total among this demographic since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries began in 1992.
- Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers experienced 918 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation, while logging workers had the highest rate of fatal injuries, at 135.9 per 100,000 FTE. The number of fatalities among loggers increased to 91 in 2016 from 67 in 2015.
- Fatal injuries among leisure and hospitality workers were 32 percent higher in 2016 than 2015.
- Fatal injuries among the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry fell by 26 percent in 2016.
- Texas had the most worker deaths – 545 – followed by California (376), Florida (309) and New York (272). In all, 36 states experienced increases in deaths attributed to workplace injuries in 2016.
Employees should not have to go to work every day fearing for their safety. It is time that employers and lawmakers stepped up to the plate and created safer working environments. Jacoby & Meyers has advocated for injured workers since 1972. If you were hurt on the job, contact us today.