The 2015 statistics for workplace deaths has been released, and Ohio made the unfortunate top 5 list. While workplace incidents have been on a slow decline, fatalities have risen both statewide and nationwide in the last few years.
According to the 2015 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, there were 202 workplace fatalities in Ohio last year.
Nationwide there were 4,836 work injury fatalities in 2015. And,
The number 18 may not seem like a big number, but it is devastating when we comprehend this as 18 Ohioan lives lost. Out of the 168 hours in a week, we spend an average of 40 of those hours at work.
Workers should feel safe during their time spent at work, but even with safety precautions taken there are certain work industries with higher risks for injury.
Here are the report’s highest fatality-risk occupations in 2015 nationwide:
- Transportation-related fatalities: 2,054 deaths (tractor trailer drivers accounted for 745 of these deaths)
- Construction industry: 937 deaths
- Slip & falls: 800 deaths
If you have experienced a workplace injury or have lost a loved one to a work accident, there are several steps you should take.
The most important is to make sure your employer is aware of the incident so it is documented, and you receive medical treatment immediately. If you feel your workplace safety is threatened, you may want to consider reporting any safety hazards to OSHA.
Contact me immediately if you or a loved one was hurt in a workplace accident. You and your family owe it to yourselves to find an attorney who will fight for your justice.
As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373