According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), men and women who work in transportation and material moving are at the highest risk for fatal injury while at work. In 2016, the latest year for which full statistics are available, there were 1,388 fatal accidents in this industry in the United States. 44 of those fatal injuries occurred in North Carolina.
Closely following transportation and material moving as one of the riskiest jobs in the U.S. is construction work. The BLS reports that 970 fatal workplace accidents occurred in the building trades in 2016. 30 of those occurred in private sector jobs in North Carolina alone.
If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you have rights that you should be made aware of. Please call White & Stradley, PLLC at 919-863-9397 to schedule a free consultation and learn how our experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys can help.
Jobs with the Highest Risk of Fatal Injury
Data gathered by the BLS shows that the 10 deadliest industries in America are:
- Transportation and material moving
- Construction and extraction
- Installation, maintenance, and repair
- Management, business, and financial operations
- Farming, fishing, and forestry
- Professional and related
- Sales and related
- Office and administrative support
Within these, the 10 most dangerous jobs during fiscal year 2016 were:
- Logging - 135.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Fishing workers - 86 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers - 55.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Roofers - 48.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Refuse and recyclable material collectors - 31 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Structural iron and steel workers - 25.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Driver/sales worker and truck driver - 24.7 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers - 23.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- First-line supervisors of construction and extraction workers - 18 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
- Grounds maintenance workers - 17.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
Within these occupations, the BLS reports that men accounted for 93% of all fatal workplace accident victims. 5.8 males per 100,000 workers sustained a fatal injury at work in 2016. For women, the rate was 0.6 to every 100,000 workers, accounting for 7% of all fatal workplace accident victims.
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Events That Lead to Fatal Workplace Injury
The BLS reports that roadway incidents are the leading cause of fatal on-the-job injury. In 2016, roadway incidents accounted for nearly ¼ of all work-related accidents that resulted in a loss of life. Tragically, violence and other injuries by persons or animals was the second leading cause of workplace death. 500 homicides occurred in workplaces or while the victim was performing work-related duties in 2016.
Falls accounted for 849 workplace deaths in 2016. Contact with objects or equipment took 761 lives. Exposure to harmful substances or environments and fire/explosions took a combined total of 606 lives that same year.
Many of the most dangerous on-the-job accidents are not industry specific. For example, traffic accidents, falls, and being hit by an object may occur regardless of occupation. In fact, topping the list of OSHA’s most common violations in 2017 was a failure to provide protection from falls. Falls are a leading cause of both serious workplace injuries and fatal workplace accidents.
National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month, an effort on the part of the National Safety Council to bring attention to the leading causes of injury and death in the U.S. Each week in June carries with it a theme. These are:
- Week one - Emergency preparedness
- Week two - Wellness, including sleep health
- Week three - Falls
- Week four - Traffic accidents
Workplaces throughout North Carolina have a wonderful opportunity in June to educate employees on workplace risks, which may even include things like not getting adequate sleep or driving while distracted. Employers can also use the month of June to commit to adhering to safety standards that are designed to safeguard their workers.
The National Safety Council has a significant amount of free National Safety Month materials that can be downloaded, printed out, and distributed to increase awareness of workplace risks.
Have You Been Injured?
Focusing on safety should not be limited to a single month of the year. Instead, workplace safety should be a primary focus of employers year-round. Sadly, many workers in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greenville have learned that workplace safety is not always a top priority and have sustained a serious injury as a result.
Even when proper safety protocol is followed, it is not always possible to avoid an on-the-job injury, but do not assume that simply because an accident happened while you were working, workers’ compensation will be easy to obtain. In many cases, delays and denials of workers’ comp will occur despite the seriousness of an injury. It is never a bad idea to have your case reviewed by a qualified and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help ensure you are treated fairly and to assist in speeding the process along.
The North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys at White & Stradley have decades of experience helping both victims of workplace injury and surviving family members of those killed at work get fair and full compensation. If you live in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, or anywhere in North Carolina and are in need of a workplace injury lawyer, please call 919-863-9397 and schedule a free consultation today.