The number of fatal occupational injuries decreased in 2009 to 4,340 which was down from 5,214 in 2008. This is the smallest number of fatal occupational injuries in the past ten years. Economic factors appear to be a huge factor in the decrease of fatal accidents because dangerous occupations such as construction work employed fewer people.
In Washington state, the number of workplace fatalities was 75 which was the lowest number in the state since 2000. There were 9 construction fatalities in 2009 down from the 20 construction accident deaths in 2008.
An overview of the 2009 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:
- Workplace homicides declined only 1 percent in 2009 while there was an overall decrease of 17% of fatal work injuries. The 2009 homicide fatalities included 13 Fort Hood shooting victims.
- Fatal injuries to salaried and wage workers dropped by 20 percent while self-employed worker fatality rates were down only 3%.
- Private construction accidents deaths declined by 16%
- One sector had an increase of fatalities and that was in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction and industrial accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including loss of wages, medical costs and for pain and suffering.