After several years with a workplace fatality rate consistently below the national average, New York’s rate of work place fatalities has risen since 2013 from 2.1 deaths per 100,000 workers to 3.1 deaths per 100,000 workers – thirteenth lowest in the nation. This puts the Empire State well ahead of the national workplace fatality rate of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. New York’s rate had not been reflected by the national level – where the on-the-job death rate has remained between 3.5 and 4 fatalities per 100,000 workers since 2007 – until 2016 when the rate rose to within .5 deaths per 100,000 workers of the national levels.

New York also remains well below the national average when it comes to rates of work-related accidents and illness that caused missed work days or job restrictions. Such injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of 1.3 per 100 workers in the state; while on a national level, 1.6 per 100 workers were injured or became ill on the job and missed work in 2016.

Although New York employers are clearly doing well in keeping their workers safe and relatively healthy by maintaining safe working environments and conditions, there is clearly considerable room for improvement: There were 272 workplace fatalities in the state in 2016, and 139,500 injuries and illness that were received on the job and caused the employee to miss at least one day of work or be restricted as to their work duties.

All those who are injured or contracted an illness at work need a seasoned advocate who will stand up for their rights. Marder, Eskesen and Nass has years of experience helping workers get the compensation and medical attention they deserve. Visit our firm’s website to learn how we can help those who have suffered workers’ compensation injuries while on the job.