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Every fatal work injury in New York is one too many

The latest report of occupational injuries show that the number of workplace fatalities in New York was 15 percent higher in 2016 than in 2015. Every work injury that happens is one too many -- fatal or nonfatal. Data was broken down into categories to give a clearer picture of the types of injuries that caused fatalities to assist in safety agencies to devise improved safety regulations.

The analysis shows that 30 percent of 2016 workplace fatalities occurred in transportation accidents. Although that number is slightly lower than transportation deaths in 2015, other categories such as slips, trips and falls show significant increases. The total number of New York workers who died in 2016 was 272.

Authorities are particularly concerned about the opioid crisis that is growing and affecting more and more members of the workforce. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor and stakeholders in the private sector, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration aims to devise methods to address this problem. OSHA endeavors to find innovative and groundbreaking ways to eliminate this life-threatening crisis.

Any family who has to cope with the loss of a loved one due to a fatal work injury may be overwhelmed with the financial consequences of such a tragedy. Not only must they deal with the costs of end-of-life arrangements but also the loss of income from the deceased worker. The surviving family members may find comfort in learning that an experienced New York workers' compensation attorney can navigate a claim for death benefits to cover those expenses and losses on their behalf.

Source:, "Number of fatal work injuries in NY rises", Madison Iszler, Dec. 19, 2017

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