The Alarming Rise in Fatal Workplace Injuries: A Call to Action

In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend in the rise of fatal workplace injuries, shedding light on the pressing need for a renewed focus on workplace safety. Despite advancements in technology and increased awareness of occupational hazards, the statistics surrounding workplace fatalities paint a grim picture.

According to the latest data from occupational safety agencies and organizations, there has been a noticeable increase in fatal workplace injuries across various industries. While certain sectors such as construction and manufacturing have historically posed higher risks, the surge in workplace fatalities is not limited to these fields. Transportation, oil and gas, and other service industries have also experienced a rise in fatal incidents. As of December 29, 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) reported an alarming rise in fatal workplace injuries over the last ten years, with 2022 being the highest year yet. Per the BLS, there were 5,486 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2022, a 5.7 percent increase from 5,190 in 2021. While 2023 has not been reported, the 10-year trend suggests a greater rise. Several factors contribute to this alarming rise, including, but not limited to, workplace stress and fatigue from increased job demands, inadequate training, lack of safety protocols, and failure to follow regulatory compliance and safety guidelines, among many others.

Ultimately, employers are responsible for ensuring their employees’ safety and covering any damage incurred. Unfortunately, when employers fail to have systems in place that outline safety protocols and procedures, including the necessary hiring and training process of their employees, it puts others at risk. Behind every statistic is a human story, and the rise in fatal workplace injuries has a profound impact on families and communities. The loss of a loved one due to a preventable workplace incident is a devastating experience that leaves lasting scars on those affected and emphasizes the importance of employers to implement necessary safety measures to mitigate against preventable hazards to ensure their workers return home safely at the end of the day.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in the workplace, contact an experienced attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz and Stogner to begin investigating your claim immediately. The law firm of Abraham Watkins is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for our clients. For more information, call us today at 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.