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If 2014 trends continue; deaths in construction and maintenance to top 2015 list

According to New York's Department of Labor, as of this month, there were more than 7.8 million private sector jobs in the state. With unemployment rates at their lowest since 2007, the state's economy remains strong and is fueled by growth within several industries including professional and business services, education and health services, transportation, manufacturing and construction.

While a growth in jobs and renewed economic prosperity is a good thing for the state and residents alike, at times such growth comes at a cost to workers' safety. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, during 2014 a total of 125 workers in New York State lost their lives after suffering work-related injuries.

Among those workers who lost their lives, 55 deaths were attributed to transportation-related incidents, 30 to contact with objects or equipment and 14 from falls caused by trips or slips. Accounting for a total of 50 worker deaths, occupations related to natural resources, construction and maintenance were among the most deadly.

In addition to the 125 workers who lost their lives during 2014, many hundreds more suffered work-related injuries that resulted in them suffering chronic pain, incurring hefty medical bills and struggling to cope with their newly-acquired disabilities. While the U.S. Labor Department hasn't released fatal occupational statistics for 2015, even one worker's death is one too many and employers must do more to protect the health and safety of their employees.

For workers who suffer painful and debilitating injuries and for family members whose loved ones are killed on the job, it's important to discuss your case with an attorney. Injured workers are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits and death benefits should be paid to the families of workplace fatality victims. An attorney who handles these matters will fight for your rights and work to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.

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