Unfortunately workplace fatalities happen all too often. A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that in America, 13 people are killed on the job every day.
An individual contacting an electrical current is one of the top ten causes of fatal work injuries. Electrocutions can occur in most any job setting – as practically everyone is exposed to electrical energy in the normal course of his or her workday, yet workers may not even be aware of potential electrical hazards and it doesn’t take a large amount of electricity to cause electrocution.
Fatal contact with an electrical current may occur by touching a ladder or scaffold that is in contact with an energized power source; coming in contact with a vehicle that is in contact with an energized power source; or coming in contact with short-circuited, damaged or improperly installed wire or equipment. These are just a few of the ways workers have been killed on the job.
If you have lost a loved one due to an on-the-job workplace fatality
—no matter the cause—it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer
. An attorney who understands North Carolina’s workers’ comp law
will help you to navigating your claim and understand your rights.
Deadliest On-the-Job Accidents
In 2012, 12% of fatal work injuries were caused by an individual being struck by an object or piece of equipment, reports the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) program.
Concrete blocks, steel beams, trees, machinery and vehicles are some of the objects that may strike and kill workers. Objects can be falling, flying or moving. An object can fall off a shelf, something can be projected from a piece of machinery, an individual can be struck by falling masonry or hit by a crane boom. There are many possible scenarios and unfortunately actual situations where being struck by a falling object has resulted in a workplace fatality.
It is possible that these types of fatal accidents may occur in any industry or sector, but those that rank particularly high are construction; transportation and warehousing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. No matter the type of work an individual performed, if an employee is killed while on the job, there may be a compensable workers’ compensation case
a knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney, as soon as possible, is in you and your family’s best interest if a loved one has been killed on the job. An experienced lawyer
understands North Carolina’s workers’ comp law
and will help you do the same while navigating your claim for a favorable outcome.
Deadliest Workplace Accidents
The top four leading causes of work-related fatalities
continue to be incidents that involve a motor vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36% of occupational fatalities are associated with motor vehicles with 1,275 workers dying on average each year (between 2003-2010) from highway crashes.
In addition to highway accidents, fatalities also stem from non-roadway accidents. These could occur on the workplace premises or a tractor overturning in a farm field. And each year, many workers also die from being struck by a vehicle, often in a work zone.
Whether or not your loved one spent his or her workday “on the road,” you may have a compensable
workers’ compensation case
. Even if driving isn’t part of their normal work duties, if an employee is arriving at work or leaving for the day and is still on the employer’s property when a fatal accident occurs, this may be covered by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act
. If an employee is driving a vehicle to perform an errand or duty strictly as part of their employment and is killed in a motor-vehicle accident you may have a compensable
workers’ comp case.
As with all workers’ compensation cases
, on-the-job deaths resulting from motor vehicle-related incidents are rarely black and white. Contacting a workers’ compensation attorney
, sooner than later, will help you navigate your claim and understand North Carolina’s workers’ comp law