The success of workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania often depends on the individual circumstances of the worker’s injury. It may be easier to advance compensation claims if the injured employee works in a profession that is known to be more dangerous than many others are. To that end, some people may be interested in learning the results of a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that documents such incidents.
According to data included in the bureau’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, logging workers have the most dangerous civilian job in the country. The fatal work injury rate for logging workers is 109.5 per 100,000. Fishing industry workers have the second highest at 80.8 fatal injuries per 100,000. After them come aircraft pilots and flight engineers, who totaled 63.2 per 100,000. There are a number of other well-known professions in the top 10, including drivers, roofers, and steel workers.
The CFOI reports that there were 4,679 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2014. This represents a 2 percent increase over the 4,585 that were reported in the previous year. Of those 2014 fatal work injuries, at least 4,251 took place within the private sector. In contrast, the report indicated that fatal workplace injuries among government workers actually decreased by 12 percent in 2014.
People who have been injured in in a workplace accident may benefit from exploring their available options with a lawyer. In addition to helping them document their claims, a lawyer can explain to a client the extent and nature of workers’ compensation benefits that may be available to them.