In 2016, there was a 7 percent increase in worker fatalities compared to 2015. Pennsylvania workers and others throughout the country were most likely to be killed while transporting something. Workers were also most likely to die in instances of workplace violence as well as by overdosing while on the job. Workplace violence incidents increased 23 percent in 2016 while overdose incidents increased by 32 percent.
Representatives from both OSHA and the AFL-CIO said that the data revealed workplace trends that need to be stopped. The OSHA statement said that the organization will use a mixture of education and compliance assistance with increased enforcement to help improve worker safety. The AFL-CIO representative pointed out that industries that OSHA had allocated resources to had seen steady or declining fatality rates. Health care and food service were industries in which OSHA provided little oversight, and they are also among the fastest-growing sectors of the economy.
According to data from the National Security Council (NSC), there was a 9.9-percent increase in the death rate for workers 55 and older. There was also a 5-percent increase among unintentional deaths to 4,399 while there was a 19.9-percent increase in the number of workplace homicides. That translates to 500 such deaths in 2016.
Those who are hurt in a workplace accident may be entitled to compensation. In many cases, a worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that may help to pay for medical bills. It may also help an injured worker regain some of his or her lost wages. Depending on how many work credits an individual has, an injured worker may also be entitled to disability benefits. An attorney may help individuals learn more about the benefits that they may be entitled to.