A Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations report showed fatal workplace injuries in the workplace are becoming more common. Specific businesses put employees at heightened risk of injury or death. Such as, the construction industry, emergency first responders, and those who work in an industrial setting. However, in this age of OSHA education and access to employee training, this is a surprising statistic.
What the report showed about fatal workplace deaths
The latest report showed that in 2013, there were 113 deadly workplace accidents in Missouri. That number is up substantially over 83 fatal accidents in the state in 2012. Last year, almost 93% of workplace accidents resulting in death occurred in private industry (105). Over the past five years, the leading area in which fatal workplace accidents have happened is the transportation industry, including roadway, air, rail, and water accidents. More than half of these accidents have been roadway crashes involving motor vehicles. Coming in second in fatal workplace accidents are those caused by violence and exposure to animals. Many on-the-job car accidents cause severe injury or death, notably for highway or road workers.
Men die on the job much more frequently than women. The report showed that over 60% of those suffering fatal accidents in the course of their job duties were men. Incredibly, 94% of those who suffered deadly accidents were men. Finally, 90 of the 113 individuals who lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2013 were white workers.
What can happen when a fatal workplace death occurs
Many of these cases are prevented from lawsuits and are limited only to what compensation one may obtain from a Work Comp claim. However, there are sometimes when the injury was caused by a defective product, defectively designed machine or by the negligence of a third party. Work Comp laws do not protect those entities or people. While we refer to these events as “accidents,” many of the situations that take workers’ lives each day across our country are not mistakes made by employees, but incidents that could have been stopped by others who were negligent.
One life lost on the job in Kansas City or any city in Missouri is one life too many. Family members who have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident caused by another’s negligence may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While there are limitations to filing lawsuits against employers, experienced wrongful death or personal injury attorney can help guide you through this maze. Our Kansas City injury and wrongful death lawyers realize that money cannot replace a loved one. However, there are practical issues of daily living for which compensation may be due. The losses are not only emotionally traumatic but also can be financially devastating to family members. Economic losses primarily occur if the deceased was the primary or sole income provider.
Before hiring a lawyer you may want to see our article about how to hire an injury lawyer. We have years of experience assisting victims to recover from workplace injuries. For outstanding legal support and guidance, contact McCollum Injury Law Firm today.