Typically, when someone goes to work in the morning, he or she does not think about where their job lies on a scale of dangerousness. The good news is that Washington State is one of the safest states to work in, with a fatal injury rate of 2.4. This rate is calculated by dividing the total number of fatal injuries by the total number of hours worked by all employees that year, then multiplying that number by the base hours worked for 100,000 equivalent full-time workers. The state was fifth safest in the country.
The most work-related deaths in 2016 took place in transportation and material moving, at 18 deaths. Construction and extraction took the second spot, with 14 deaths and 10 deaths occurring in forestry and fishing. However, the highest fatality rate was for the forestry and fishing sector, at 14.5, whereas the construction industry had a rate of 7.5.
Approximately 35% of the total number of deaths in the workplace took place in the transportation sector, a little less than the national average of 40%. Most of the work-related fatalities in Washington involved males. Additionally, fatal work injuries saw a 7% increase from 2015 to 2016. The number of work-related deaths increased in Washington State in 2016 as well, up eight deaths from 2015.
When the breadwinner of a family becomes injured in a workplace accident or loses his or her life, it can leave a family reeling, both emotionally and financially. One way to get compensation to cover workplace injuries is by filing a workers' compensation claim. An experienced legal professional can help injured workers and their families navigate this oftentimes complex process