A recent report was just published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which shows the drastic difference between men and women when it comes to workers compensation. The numbers truly are shocking when you see the difference between how many injuries and deaths are reported in regards to gender each year. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the cause of these injuries and how preventable most of them are. This is especially true when we see the leading causes of death and injury to women while they are in the workplace.
In 2015, 4,836 men were killed while on the job. That is a truly sad number and our hearts go out to the friends and family of all those who ended up passing away. When you read that the number of women who were killed on the job during the same year was 344, there is the automatic habit to think “wow, that’s great that so few women died in comparison”. While it is true that there is a vast difference between the two numbers, they don’t end there. In fact, just about the only similarity between the two is the fact that the number one cause of death to both genders is transportation accidents.
The second most common reason for death among men in the work place is fairly innocuous. Slipping and falling was named the second leading cause of death for men. While this should be at least somewhat preventable, the shock for most comes when they read that the second leading cause of death for women on the job is violence or injuries by others. Sadly, many women I know were not surprised at this and unhappily accept it as part of their daily lives. Domestic violence that occurs at their place of work is the second leading cause of death to women in the workplace. Let that sink in for a moment and realize just how preventable a good number of those 344 deaths in 2015 probably were.
If someone you love was killed while on the job, call Collier Law Firm for your free consultation to see if their family may be eligible for workers compensation death benefits. End of life expenses can add up quickly and you may be able to get enough money to give them the memorial they deserve.