According to the National Census of Fatal Workplace Occupational Injuries (conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), the number of accident-related workplace deaths that occurred in 2012 decreased by more than 300 from those that took place in 2011, dropping from 4,693 in 2011 to 4,383 in 2012. Some of the factors cited in the Census as contributing to the decrease in accident-related workplace fatalities included improved workplace safety conditions, improved education and outreach efforts and improved enforcement of safety standards.
However, despite the secretary of labor and other officials lauding such a decrease in workplace fatalities last year, particularly in light of the fact that the economy and jobs have been slowly growing, other statistics generated from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Census have generated some troubling trends and have created a growing cause for concern. Specifically, these statistics include that:
- Workplace deaths related to illnesses (rather than to a specific accident) have remained relatively steady.
- Workplace deaths for those working in the energy sector continued on an upward trend. While workplace fatalities for those in private mining increased by approximately 14 percent in 2012 (from 2011), workplace deaths for individuals employed in the oil and gas extraction industry and the coal mining industry increased by 23 and 9 percent, respectively, in 2012.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have sustained a workplace injury and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.