Your job feels safe. You've worked there for years without incident. At the same time, though, you know that people die consistently from workplace accidents. How common are they?
Statistics show that an average of 13 people pass away every single day from work-related injuries. These stats are tracked by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA sets safety standards and carries out investigations to make sure they're upheld.
Thirteen deadly accidents a day, to those unfamiliar with the situation, sounds incredibly problematic. It's also surprising, as many people have never even seen a deadly accident in the workplace in their entire lives.
However, 13 per day is an improvement. Compared to 1970, fatality rates have fallen by a full 66 percent. At the same time, there are more workers than ever, as total employment almost doubled in the same span.
Four decades ago, there were about 14,000 deadly accidents each and every year. By 1992, things had improved to the point that there were only 6,217 fatalities. In 2014, here were just 4,821. Again, while nearly 5,000 workplace deaths may sound bad, the stats show that jobs are certainly getting safer.
So, what are the odds for you? It depends where you work. Some occupations see far more deaths than others. For example, in 2014, there were 899 deadly construction accidents, and there were 584 deaths in the industries of forestry, agriculture, hunting and fishing.
If a loved one is killed on the job, the financial costs can be very high -- especially when that person was the main breadwinner for the family. You must know your potential rights to compensation if this happens to you.
Source: Esquire, "This List of Ways People Are Dying at Work Will Make Your Stomach Churn," Luke O'Neil, accessed March 31, 2017