New York City Occupational Fatalities Statistics

Steven Schwartzapfel Feb 10, 2016

Advice for Your Family about Your Rights After the Loss of A Loved One

Nobody should die while trying to earn a living. Yet, deaths on the job sometimes happen. Losing a loved one is an unspeakably difficult experience made all the more terrible by the fact that another agent’s negligent act is responsible for your loss.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has helped families like yours for more than 30 years. We are experts in wrongful death and personal injury. We have the resources, expertise and determination to research the cause of your loved one’s death and determine who is responsible.

We track occupational fatality statistics to understand trends and problems that help us with your case but we never consider your case as a number. Rather, we recognize the human toll the experience takes on you and your family. Throughout your case, we show your family the respect, privacy and personal attention you deserve.

Causes of Workplace Deaths in NYC

In 2013, 56 workers died while on the job in NYC, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The causes of death were attributed primarily to:

  • 15 workers died by violence, including intentional injuries, homicides, shootings and suicides
  • 15 workers suffered fatal falls from height or due to a level trip or slip
  • 11 workers were killed in transportation accidents, including roadway collisions and pedestrian accidents
  • 7 workers were fatally injured when struck by objects or equipment or otherwise had contact with equipment
  • 6 workers were exposed to fatally toxic substances

Although new figures will not be available until 2017, based upon current data, the numbers of occupational deaths in NYC is expected to be higher in 2015.

New York Occupational Fatalities

The occupational fatality rate in New York in 2013 was 2.1, with the highest rates of deaths occurring in such dangerous industries as:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting at a rate of 44.7
  • Construction at 8.8
  • Transportation and utilities at 5.4

However, workers also died in other industries, including manufacturing, retail, financial, professional services, hospitality and public administration.

Construction Fatal Four

Nationwide, one in five workplace deaths was in a construction occupation. More than half, 57.7 percent, of construction deaths were attributed to four main causes. For this reason, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have dubbed these leading causes of construction deaths the “Fatal Four.”

In total, 828 construction workers died on the worksite, with the fatal four to blame for:

  • 302 workers died in falls
  • 84 workers were fatally struck by an object
  • 71 workers were electrocuted
  • 21 workers were fatally caught in or in between objects

Contact Our New York City Fatal Accident Lawyers to Learn More

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806 for your free, no-risk analysis of your occupational wrongful death claim. We maintain offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains to help you. We handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe us money if we do not recover money. There is no risk in calling to talk with an accident lawyer.

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