The Occupational Safety and Health Administration collects worker safety data from all over the United States in order to provide adequate information for companies. This way, employers will be aware of what safety measures they need to take in their company in order to try and reduce the death rate. In 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 4,609 American workers were killed on the job. This means that almost 90 workers died per week across the nation and there was a staggering 13 deaths per day on average. This is a slight increase from the number of deaths in 2009, but is still a sobering statistic.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that 729 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed in work-related incidents in 2011. The Secretary of Labor commented on these statistics, saying that it is saddening to think that approximately 13 workers go to work every day and never come home. OSHA is trying to reduce the risk of death at workplaces, and says that they have been able to improve workplace safety from the statistics of 1970, when approximately 38 workers were killed on the job every day.
Out of the 4,114 worker fatalities that occurred in a private industry, about 17.5% of these injuries were in construction. The leading cause of worker deaths in construction sites is called the "fatal four" they are responsible for about three out of every five construction worker deaths per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, if workplaces were able to eliminate the fatal four, then it would save 410 lives in America every year.
The top danger in construction is falls, which accounted for 35% of all construction industry deaths in 2011. The next highest danger is electrocutions, which made up 9% of all deaths in that year. About 10% of all deaths were from struck-by-object accidents and 3% of all deaths were caught-in and caught-between incidents when a worker was trapped. If your loved one died in a preventable workplace accident, hold the company accountable by seeking compensation. Hire a Houston personal injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin to get started today!