The majority of workplace fatalities can be prevented

Some occupations are, naturally, more hazardous to your health than others. You wouldn't expect a secretary in an office to have the same risks as a construction worker or firefighter, for example.

However, the National Safety Council's figures on workplace fatalities from 2017 (the last year that's available) paint a distressing picture of worker safety. Approximately 14 people a day died in 2017 due to on-the-job injuries, and most of those deaths were entirely preventable with the proper safety measures.

The statistics surrounding workplace deaths display some interesting facts, including:

  • Driving and delivery may be the most hazardous task people take on since 40% of job-related deaths are due to transportation accidents.
  • Contract workers are increasingly at risk of fatal injuries. Fatalities have increased by 50% since 2011 and now exceed 800 deaths a year. That's possibly because contract workers are less well-trained and more unfamiliar with their work than regular employees.
  • The vast majority of deaths in the workplace will involve men, not women. That's likely because men tend to be occupied in more high-risk and labor-intensive industries than women, especially transportation.
  • Workers aged 45 to 54 run the most risk of dying on the job, while workers aged 55 to 65 are in a close second. Older workers may suffer from medical conditions, like osteoarthritis or diabetes, that make healing after a significant injury much harder.

Safety is a huge concern for both employers and employees, no matter what the industry. It's important for the loved ones of those killed in on-the-job incidents understand they may have the right to compensation for their loss.

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