New Study Suggests Fatal Workplace Injuries in California Declining
A new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the number of fatal workplace injuries occurring in California decreased from 2009 to 2010. These statistics are based on the results of the 2010 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which tallies the number of job-related accidents leading to death each year.
According to the BLS study, there were 4,547 fatal on-the-job injuries in the U.S. in 2010, which is approximately 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. In California, the number of fatal work-related injuries dropped from 409 deaths in 2009 to 302 deaths in 2010. Fatalities occurred most frequently in several categories, including:
– 91 deaths related to transportation accidents
– 73 deaths related to workplace violence
– 59 deaths resulting from falls
– 43 deaths that occurred as a result of equipment failure or accidental contact with equipment
– 10 deaths linked to workplace fires and/or explosions
Fatalities tended to be higher for individuals working in the construction industry.
Although the number of fatal work-related injuries is decreasing in California, the risk of serious injury or death is still significant. The recent deaths of two workers at a Bakersfield recycling plant are just one reminder that workplace accidents can occur anytime and anywhere.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a workplace accident, you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit if the accident occurred as a result of negligence. Examples of negligent behavior that could lead to a workplace accident include failure to adhere to safety standards, use of unsafe equipment or unsafe toxic chemical exposure. These and other types of workplace injuries can cause you or your loved one to require long-term hospitalization, physical therapy, expensive surgeries, specialized medical treatments and costly medications in order to achieve a full recovery. Combined with the loss of wages due to an inability to work and you could be facing a financial firestorm.
By contacting a qualified California workplace injury attorney, you can get the legal representation you need to successfully win your case. If an on-the-job injury or death has wreaked havoc with your life, call us at 1-800-718-4658 today to speak with a qualified Bakersfield personal injury attorney. Our Injury Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our No-Fee Guarantee ensures that we will work hard to help you get the compensation you need and deserve to help cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.