Georgia Is the Site of 171 Fatal Workplace Accidents in 2016
According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 171 workplace fatalities in Georgia in 2016 — the last year for which complete data are available. While that number was down slightly from 2015, it remains troubling that so many workers are suffering injuries and fatalities on the job throughout the state.
The BLS reports that there were nearly 5,200 workplace fatalities across the United States in 2016, marking a 7 percent increase from the year prior. It was the first time since the Great Recession of 2008 that there were more than 5,000 worker deaths in a single year.
In Georgia, transportation accidents accounted for 76 of the 171 workplace fatalities, while 37 were caused by people or animals. Other common factors were falls, trips, slips and exposure to harmful substances.
Other key pieces of data to note from the report include the following:
- About 94 percent of Georgia’s workplace fatalities happened to men, roughly matching the national rate.
- Individuals between the ages of 25 and 54 were the victims in about 64 percent of the workplace deaths in the state.
- Nearly 80 percent of the victims were employees, and the rest were self-employed individuals.
- The highest numbers of deaths were reported in the transportation, construction and extraction industries.
As we all know, some Georgia industries can be much more dangerous than others. There’s a much higher risk of suffering a serious injury at a construction site, for example, than there is if you work a desk job. However, all employers have a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe and secure work environment for their employees.
If you have been injured on the job or a loved one has been killed, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses in a personal injury claim. Call the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash today at 770.422.0878 or contact us online.