Workplace accidents can have truly massive ramifications. In some cases, the injuries from such accidents end up taking a worker’s life.
Some groups of workers see particularly high workplace fatality numbers. Recently, the AFL-CIO issued a report looking at U.S. workplace death statistics for 2015. The report pointed out some of the groups that showed high workplace fatality levels in 2015, including:
What do you think is accounting for the high levels of workplace deaths among these groups? In your opinion, what things should be done to try to help protect such workers and reduce fatality numbers among them.
A fatal workplace accident can have all kinds of major ramifications. For one, it can leave the deceased worker’s family facing considerable concerns about their finances and future. Facing these concerns on top of having a loved one taken from them can leave a family feeling very overwhelmed.
Families of workers killed on the job may be able to receive death benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system to help with addressing such concerns. Workers’ comp attorneys can provide families of deceased workers here in California with guidance on what rights they have regarding such benefits. They can also help families navigate challenging legal matters that come up for them in relation to such benefits.
Source: The Hill, “150 workers die each day from hazardous work conditions: AFL-CIO study,” Tim Delvaney, April 26, 2017
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