Workplace fatalities can be prevented

Discussion of key findings from the 2017 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

workplace fatalitiesYesterday’s blog post was about the newly released 2017 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) published by the U.S. Department of Labor. Some key findings included data about fatal falls being at their highest level in 26 years, transportation accidents remaining the most frequent fatal events, and individuals aged 65 or over making up a record percentage of total deaths.

Our law firm has represented many families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These are some of the most difficult workers’ compensation cases and no amount of money can ever replace a human life.

Workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy in Michigan and it does not pay much. Benefits are limited to a $6,000 burial expense. Spouses and children can seek additional wage loss benefits if dependency can be shown.

Here is some additional information about the key findings in the CFOI. We hope bringing attention to these issues will help employees and employers understand potential danger.

Workplace falls

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 366 fatal falls occurred in 2017. OSHA says falls can be prevented and lives saved through 3 steps: (1) plan to get the job done safely, (2) provide the right equipment, and (3) train everyone to use the equipment safely. Learn more about OSHA’s fall prevention campaign.

Automobile accidents

Car accidents while driving for employment-related activities are covered under workers’ compensation in Michigan. It does not matter who was at fault. It is also possible to file a separate wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver and seek additional damages.

Older workers

Baby boomers have been rejecting the traditional retirement age of 65. It has been estimated that older workers will account for 25% of the entire workforce by 2024. These individuals are at a greater risk for workplace injury.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Older people dying on the job at higher rate

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