Statistics Show Increase in Work-Related Deaths and Lawsuits
New data was just released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the outlook is grim.
If you thought workplace safety was getting better, and workers were better protected in 2015 than in the past, you thought wrong.
Turns out, the number of worker deaths rose by 2% in 2014, totaling 4,679 reported worker fatalities last year. That number is up from 4,585 the previous year.
Experts are saying that the improved economy is to blame for the increase in worker deaths; that even though the death toll is higher, the percentage of worker deaths remains about the same as previous years, averaging 3.3 worker deaths per 100,000 workers. This is the result of workers logging more hours on the job. More hours or not, improved economy or not, more worker deaths is not something we should just sit back and accept.
According to Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, “Far too many people are still killed on the job — 13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily…These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires.”
We Agree – The Numbers Are Far Too High
Accidents do happen, and the number of work fatalities will never be taken all the way down to zero. However, the fact that 13 people lose their life each day as the result of largely preventable circumstances is completely unacceptable.
Did you lose a loved one as a result of a work injury? If so, you can help prevent future deaths.
Give the wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440. Schedule a free consultation with us, get back on your feet from your loss, and help prevent the loss of more life.