Are Work-Related Injuries and Deaths a Common Occurrence?

A 25-year-old contractor at a local power plant has died from injuries he sustained during an 80-foot fall from a roof. Witnesses to the accident say the man had been working on a roof to repair a panel when his safety harness came unattached. Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful and paramedics pronounced him dead on arrival. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials are working with the power plant in a joint investigation.

How Often Do People Die On the Job?

Occupational fatalities are an unfortunate reality for many workers in industrial-related jobs. OSHA data shows that in 2008, the oil and gas industry lost 220 people to work related deaths. Jobs within the mining industry also have a high risk of death and injury. In 2010, 600 miners lost their lives on the job.

How Often Are People Injured On the Job?

Occupational injuries cause billions in medical costs and lost income annually. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, natural resources and mining jobs saw 25,040 workers suffer injuries, causing the workers to each miss an average of ten days of work.

Can Workers File a Lawsuit Against Their Employer If They Are in a Work-Related Accident?

Most workers can receive workers’ comp, regardless of fault. However, if a third party is involved, a worker may have a case for negligence. It costs nothing to have a lawyer review your situation. If you have suffered an injury at work or lost a loved one and you have questions, contact our personal injury lawyers today to explore your options.

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Source: http://www.bls.gov/bls/errata/iif_errata_1014.htm

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