Although many types of jobs pose risks of injuries and deaths, construction is one of the more significant areas in which fatality accidents occur on the job. Statistics for 2014 have recently been updated, providing an overview of significant increases in the death rate on construction sites as well as in the mining industry. Across the country, more than 4,800 workers died in 2014, including more than 70 in Maryland.
The increase in deadly workplace injuries in private construction was approximately 9 percent from 2013 to 2014. The total number of fatalities in this sector was 899. Deaths in mining and related industries was 183, the greatest number since 2007. Similarly, the gas extraction and oil industries experienced an all-time high in fatal accidents.
Statistics for different demographic groups showed increases in fatalities for the period in question. For example, workers in the age range of 55 and up had the largest number of fatalities on the job ever for this group. The total of nearly 1,700 deaths was 8 percent greater than the next greatest total for a given year. The deadly incidents for white workers increased by 5 percent, and for African-Americans, the increase was 4 percent. The overall rate of lives lost on the job was up only slightly in 2014 from the previous year, increasing from a rate of 3.3 to 3.4 per 100,000 full-time employees.
The surviving family members of a worker who is fatally injured on the job must cope with the sudden loss of the primary breadwinner in many cases. They may want to meet with an attorney to see if workers’ compensation death benefits are available and, if so, how they can be obtained.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Fatal Work Injuries in Maryland — 2014”, Jan. 21, 2016