Workers’ compensation benefits may be available in circumstances of workplace injuries and fatal workplace accidents. A recent fatal workplace accident in Ohio highlights concerns that on-the-job injuries are increasing, and high-pressure work environments could be one of the reasons to blame. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during 2016, workplace deaths exceeded 5,000 nationally, which was the first time they had exceeded that total since 2008. 2016 also brought the third straight increase in fatal workplace accidents over the previous year.
In Ohio, though workplace deaths had increased between 2013 and 2015, they declined in 2016. The number of workplace deaths for 2017 has not been released yet, but there were several workplace deaths in Ohio during 2017. In total, approximately 40 percent of fatal workplace accidents involve some form of transportation, and injuries and violence account for another 23 percent of deaths. The latter category is the second most common cause of workplace deaths. In addition, during 2016, exposure to harmful chemicals rose 22 percent, while fires and explosions declined.
According to experts, workplace safety has to be put first and made a priority. The number of workplace deaths nationally in 2016 was referred to as “disturbing.” The rate of workplace deaths during 2016 went up from 3.4 fatal incidents per 100,000 to 3.6 fatal incidents per 100,000. Workplace accidents can result in serious workplace injuries and death and can be devastating to workers and their families.
Workers’ compensation benefits are important to injured workers and surviving family members of workers killed in a fatal workplace accident. Because workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses, lost earnings and death benefits for family members may be available, it is important for workers and families to be familiar with their options following a workplace accident.
Source: My Dayton Daily News, “Dying on the job: 164 workers killed in Ohio,” Thomas Gnau, April 1, 2018