Fatal Workplace Injuries
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Mon Oct 2012
- Work Injury,
Fatal injuries at the workplace were down slightly in 2011 from 2010. The rate of fatal work injuries for U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Those who have been injured in the workplace can truly benefit from a New Jersey injury lawyer like Dan Matrafajlo.
Fatal work injuries were higher for workers age 20 to 24 years, up by 18 percent. For workers 55 years of age or older and workers under the age of 18, fatal work injuries were down.
Transportation incidents accounted for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2011. Over half of these accidents were roadway incidents involving motor vehicles. Included in this category were aircraft accidents and pedestrians struck by vehicles. If you are injured at work, a New Jersey injury lawyer can advise you of your rights.
Overall, 780 workers were killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Shootings were the most frequent cause of death in both homicides and suicides. Another 37 deaths were due to animal- or insect-related incidents.
Of the 375 fatal work injuries involving female workers, 21 percent involved homicides. In nearly 2 out of every 5 homicides to female workers, the assailants were relatives, with almost all of the relatives being current of former spouses or domestic partners. Robbers were the assailants in another 22 percent of these fatalities.
For male workers, homicides accounted for approximately 9 percent of all fatal injuries. Relatives accounted for only about 2 percent of assailants. Robbers were the assailants in over one third of the homicide cases involving male workers.
Fatal falls, slips, or trips accounted for about 14 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2011. Contact a New Jersey injury lawyer if you are injured at work.
Fatal work injuries in construction have declined every year since 2006 and are down nearly 42 percent over that time. Much of this decline may be due to economic conditions and less construction work. Despite the lower fatal injury total, construction accounted for the second most fatal work injuries of any industry sector in 2011, with transportation and warehousing having the most fatal work injuries.
If you’ve been injured at work, contact New Jersey injury lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo. He has the experience you need to deal with insurance companies and courts to get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today at 908-248-4404 for a free consultation.