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Indiana Records Historically Low Worker Deaths

Worker in a faint after on-the-job injury

When a worker is killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may extend to their family. This covers expenses like funeral costs, lost wages and others, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering (in some cases). Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to enact stringent guidelines designed to prevent any sort of worker injury or death, they cannot prevent every incident. As such, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job.

The Indiana Department of Labor has tracked occupational deaths since 1992, with the inception of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. They recently released their annual report, which showed that 115 workers were killed on the job within the state. This is a historic low, tying 2012. However, officials do not see this as a reason to celebrate.

Rick Ruble, commissioner of labor, stated that, though this was definitely progress in the right direction, there was still much to be done. He said that Indiana employers have focused much more on worker safety in recent years, which has led to the low number of fatalities — as well as the record low nonfatal injury and illness numbers. However, he added, 115 families still lost a loved one due to workplace incidents. As such, Indiana still must strive to make the state a safer place to work.

The report revealed some statistics about these workplace deaths:

  • 48 percent were a result of transportation-related incidents, 66 percent of which were caused by roadway incidents
  • 90 percent of fatalities were men
  • The construction industry in the state experienced a 39 percent decrease in deaths
  • The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry experienced an 18 percent decrease in deaths
  • Vehicle accidents were the number one cause of deaths

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in South Carolina, and your workers’ compensation claim was denied, contact the attorneys at Howell & Christmas today for a free case evaluation.