Although workplace deaths have been declining in recent years, they took the lives of 4,609 Americans in 2011 and seriously injured many others. Slate.com recently reported on the most dangerous jobs in the country. The four workplace sectors with the highest injury rates in 2011 were:
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Transportation and warehousing
As the article points out, however, the numbers are skewed by a few sectors that are more dangerous than average. Fishing, for example, carries high risks but involves relatively few workers.
The transportation and warehousing sector had the largest absolute numbers of fatal work injuries, with 733 deaths in 2011. Construction was not far behind, with 721 deaths that year.
Overall, vehicle accidents pose the greatest risk of workplace deaths. In fact, 30 percent of all on-the-job deaths in 2011 were either “roadway incidents” or “pedestrian vehicular incidents.”
That is not surprising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 5-34.
There are ways to prevent accidents. On the job, always follow the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. On and off the job, practice safe driving, obey the speed limit, and do not drive while drinking or using a cellphone.
Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid an injury due to other peoples’ negligent or reckless actions.
If you have been injured or lost a family member in an accident in the New York City metro area, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced New York City personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to learn about your legal rights. Call us at 212-279-2000 or send us a quick message today.