The number of fatalities caused by workplace injuries rose in 2015 to the highest number since 2008, according to a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The report, referred to as the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), revealed that 4,836 American employees were killed from work-related injuries in 2015, showing a rise in fatalities from the 4,821 workers killed in 2014.
U.S. Workplace Fatality Details
In 2015, the job with the highest fatality rate was commercial truck drivers, which experienced 743 worker deaths. Oil and gas extraction had the highest drop in fatality rates, with work-related deaths decreasing by 38 percent.
The number of deaths resulting from employees being struck by objects or equipment was 519 fatalities, with mining machines being responsible for 54 deaths.
Private manufacturing deaths rose to 353 from 349 in 2015. However, there were fewer deaths in material handling and transportation occupations compared to 2014.
One of the largest contributing factors for work-related fatalities was age, as 58 percent of employees killed on a work site were 45-years or older. However, this group only account for 45 percent of total hours worked throughout the year.
The 2015 CFOI report also revealed a rise in demographic-related fatalities. Latino/Hispanic employees experienced the highest workplace fatality rate for an ethnic group, resulting in 903 deaths and the demographics’ highest number since 2007.
The African-American workplace fatality demographic also increased, amounting to 495 deaths in 2015, making it the greatest increase since 2008.
Losing a loved one due to a preventable workplace injury is traumatic. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can help ease some financial burden and may provide stability. If your claim has been denied, it is important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.
The Knoxville workers’ compensation lawyers at Greg Coleman Law are dedicated to helping families of injured or deceased workers gain the compensation needed to recover. Contact us to learn more in a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge you any legal fees unless you receive a fair outcome.