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Fatal work accident statistics show rise in 2016

Fatal accidents are an unfortunate possibility for workers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. regardless of what kind of work they do. These accidents can come about for a variety of reasons including negligence, faulty equipment, recklessness and much more. Studies and research examine these incidents in which a fatal workplace accident has occurred to determine how and why they happened as well as to try and prevent them from happening in the future. People who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal workplace accident might not benefit from preventative measures after the fact, but this information can be useful when seeking compensation in a legal filing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the statistics for 2016 showed an increase of 7 percent in fatal accidents on the job when compared to 2015. The total of fatalities was 5,190. This is the highest total of fatalities at work since 2008 when 5,214 people were killed. Breaking the numbers down even further, there were 3.6 fatalities for full-time equivalent workers in 2016. In 2015, there were 3.4 for every 100,000.

Forty percent of the fatalities were transportation-related for a total of 2,083. The highest age group for fatalities was for those 55 and older. 1,848 people in this category died. This is the highest for people in this age range since statistics began being recorded in 1992. Truckers and drivers/sales workers had 918 fatalities. This was the highest of any occupation. As for rates of fatal accidents, those who worked as loggers had just shy of 136 for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. This was an increase from 67 in 2015 to 91 in 2016. Hospitality workers had a 32 percent higher rate of death in 2016.

As the numbers show, it is not just workers who are in an industry in which there are inherent risks who are subject to a fatal workplace accident. These can happen to any worker in any job. People who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident must be aware of the numerous problems they will likely face such as lost income, loss of companionship, and more. A legal filing can help to recover compensation. Contacting an attorney experienced in wrongful death cases can be of assistance.

Source: safetyandhealthmagazine.com, "'Tragic trend': On-the-job deaths at highest level since 2008, BLS reports," Dec. 20, 2017

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