According to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 4,700 fatal workplace injuries occurred around the country in 2014. This number reflects a 2 percent increase from 2013. New York workers may be interested in other results of the data that was based upon the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that is conducted annually by the BLS.

In 2014, there was a 19 percent increase in work-related fatalities among law enforcement officials and a 10 percent increase among the self-employed in 2014. Additionally, among employees 55 years of age or more, there was a 9 percent increase in fatal work injuries and for female employees, there was a 13 percent increase in 2014.

The study also found that in 2014, government workers experienced a 12 percent drop in fatal work-related injuries. Moreover, while there was a slight decrease among those working in private service-providing industries, the study revealed a 9 percent increase in fatal work injuries among those employed by private goods-producing industries. In regards to miners, fatal job-related injuries increased by17 percent in 2014, and those employed in the agricultural industry experienced a 14 percent increase.

The surviving family members of workers who are fatally injured on the job may be eligible to file a claim for death benefits under the workers’ compensation insurance policy maintained by the decedent’s employer. An attorney who has experience with these matters can often be of assistance in explaining the benefits that may be available and in preparing and filing the claim in a timely manner. The attorney can also provide representation at a subsequent appeals hearing should the claim be disputed or denied.

Source: Claims Journal,“Latest Fatal Workplace Industry Figures for 2014 Reveals 2% Increase Over 2013”, Sept. 29, 2015