Some Florida workers may have a higher likelihood of dying on the job than other workers. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 people were killed while at work in 2016, an increase from the 4,836 fatalities that occurred in 2015. The report also stated that another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died as a result of occupational diseases. The primary cause of employees was transportation incidents.
The industries that are considered the most dangerous are forestry, fishing, agriculture and hunting. For this group of industries, the death rate was 23.2 for every 100,000 workers, with the daily number of deaths for the industries totaling 593.
According to the report, the sector with the highest number of fatalities was the construction sector, with 991 fatalities in 2016, a rise from 937 in 2015. While the number of construction deaths rose, the actual rate of fatalities remained steady at 10.1 for every 100,000 workers.
The number of warehousing and transportation workers who were killed in 2016 totaled 825, which was a rate of 14.3 for every 100,000 workers. This statistic represented the second highest rate of fatalities of all major industry sectors.
Additional findings from the report include workers who are 65 years old or older have over 2.5 times the risk of dying while at work. Thirty-six percent of the worker fatalities, or 1,848 deaths, that occurred in 2016 were those of people who were at least 55 years old.
An attorney who practices workers' compensation law may pursue a financial settlement on behalf of clients who have been injured in workplace accidents. The attorney may assist clients with claiming benefits or with appealing claims that have been denied or have been insufficiently awarded. Clients may be advised if their workplace incident requires the filing of a third party lawsuit.