Occupational injuries may occur for any number of reasons. When they do, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to assist workers and their families in getting the remuneration they deserve.
Fatal Industrial Accidents
No one expects to send a loved one off to work, never to have that person return home due to a fatal workplace accident.Unfortunately, deadly incidents do occur all too often. In 2016, over 300 such accidents occurred in a variety of industries. In Florida, the majority of incidents generally fall into four key categories:
- Transportation accidents account for roughly one-third of fatalities;
- Slips, trips and falls were blamed for about 20 percent of workplace deaths;
- Nearly one in five industrial fatalities is the result of violent episodes;
- Another one in five deaths is related to exposure to hazardous materials.
Florida Fatality Statistics
Where, how, and to whom do these fatalities occur? Here’s what the numbers say:
- Private construction has the highest proportion of fatalities, with nearly a quarter of death occurring in this sector. Among these fatalities, four in five occur among trades that are specialized.
- Nine in ten workplace fatalities involve men;
- White workers account for just over half of all fatalities;
- 15 percent of workers who are killed on the job are self-employed, and the most common fatal event connected to these workers related to toxic exposures.
More than Numbers
Every fatality is connected to a real person, who is linked to parents, spouses, children and/or others who experience genuine loss. Some of the recent industrial fatalities that have occurred here in Florida include:
- One man was killed in an accident at Walt Disney World Resort near the Pop Century Resort in July, 2018;
- Five people were all killed in an industrial accident at Tampa Electric Power while working to maintain a power station in June, 2017.
- An ironworker who was employed on a freeway construction site was killed when a cage filled with rebar fell on him in March of 2018.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is constantly on the lookout for industrial safety violations that put workers at risk. Violations fall into six categories:
- Other-than-Serious: Has the potential to impact worker safety, but not to cause serious injury or death;
- Serious: Potentially serious injuries could be caused by a situation that is not remedied by the employer;
- Willful: Intentional abuses of OSHA rules;
- Repeated Violations: When issues are repetitive over time;
- Failure to Abate Prior Violation: When corrections are not made by required dates.
Consequences to the Business
All of these violations can result in fines, and if the violations lead to a fatality, criminal charges may be filed. Certainly, when employers fail to provide the safest possible conditions for employees, they can be held liable for workplace accidents. Their negligence—even recklessness—should not be tolerated.
At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, we understand the devastation that a workplace death brings, and will vigorously pursue justice on your behalf when companies have disregarded employee safety. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach to discuss your situation today.