New statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor reveals an increase in job-related fatalities, according to a GalesburgPlanet.com news report. The Department of Labor report shows that 4,690 workers in the U.S. suffered fatal injuries in 2010, which is a three percent increase from 2009. The increase does, in part, reflect the high profile disasters in 2010, including the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people lost their lives, a West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29, and a Tesoro Corp. oil refinery blast in Washington that killed seven.
The data also reveals some startling trends regarding fatal workplace injuries. According to the report, the number of workers killed in fires or explosions rose from 113 in 2009 to 191 in 2010. In addition, work-related transportation deaths increased from 1,795 to 1,857. However, construction-related deaths fell from 834 to 774, which can likely be attributed to the weak housing market in 2010 and ailing economy.
A health and safety director for the AFL-CIO believes that work-related fatalities in 2011 may increase as well given that the economy has picked up, and is surprised that there hasn’t been much improvement in reducing workplace fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that the reality that 12 workers die on the job daily continues to drive the work of the Department of Labor and that the group will continue to enforce the laws that keep U.S. workers safe.
Any worker injured in the state of Kentucky deserves compensation to help him or her recover. Kentucky work injury attorney Tad Thomas is committed to protecting the rights of injured workers and will work to ensure full compensation is received through a workers’ compensation claim or by holding any at-fault parties responsible for the accident in a personal injury claim.