In 2015, there were nearly 4,900 fatal workplace injuries around the country, excluding those killed in the armed forces. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civilian deaths were slightly higher when compared to 2014. Louisiana residents may be interested to know that logging was the most dangerous industry for men in 2015 with 132 deaths per 100,000 workers. This was more than double the death rate of the second-most dangerous industry.
In 2015, fishers and fishing workers, one of Louisiana’s major industries, died at a rate of 55 per 100,000 workers. Other dangerous jobs include roofing and collecting trash or other refuse. Roofers died at a rate of about 40 per 100,000 workers while those who collected trash or other refuse died at a rate of 39 per 100,000 workers. While these and other occupations may be dangerous for anyone, the BLS data indicates that the death rate for Latino and Hispanic workers as well as people over the age of 65 was especially high.
Aworker is who is hurt while on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In the event that an individual dies through the course of his or her employment, the surviving family members may be able to collect a death benefit. This may make it easier for the family to keep up with daily expenses.
Those who have questions about their case or are having trouble getting a claim approved may wish to talk to an attorney. An attorney may be able to gather evidence such as medical records or employer safety records to verify that an accident took place at work. This may make it easier to get an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company to approve a claim in a timely manner.