A recent report entitled “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” found that Kansas is one of the most dangerous states in which to work. The study examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which revealed that at least 88 workers in Kansas perished in workplace accidents in 2012. The analysis was compiled by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
Bruce Tunnell, Executive Vice-President of the Kansas AFL-CIO, expressed dismay at the report, stating that it should serve as a wakeup call to our elected leaders. Kansas employees are in danger and drastic steps must be taken to ensure they can go to work every day without fear of being injured or killed on the job.
The “Death on the Job” report places Kansas’ fatality rate at 5.7 per 100,000 workers. This far exceeds the national average of 3.4 per 100,000 workers. The five worst states for workers were: Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia. The safest states included Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington (tied) and New Hampshire (tied).
No employee should risk his or her life attending work each day, but for workers in certain careers danger has sadly become a routine part of the job. Over 4,300 fatal work injuries are suffered each year. Though this rate has been on the decline in recent years, this high figure is still considered unacceptable by most safety organizations and the public as a whole. The most dangerous job on the U.S. is currently considered to be logging. Sixty two loggers were killed on the job last year, and their death rate is currently 127.8 per 100,000 full time workers.
Fishermen and women now hold the second deadliest job in America. Fishing related professionals lose their lives at a rate of 117 per 100,000 full time workers, equating to 32 deaths in 2012. Fishing is a hazardous but popular occupation in Alaska, which also ranks as one of the top five most dangerous places to work.
Airplane pilots are considered to have the third deadliest job. Pilots face the constant threat of malfunctioning machinery and falling objects. In 2012, 71 airplane pilots were killed on the job, equating to 53.4 deaths per 100,000 full time employees.
Anyone injured in a workplace accident should be entitled to compensation through the workers’ compensation system. Almost all employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance, which covers injured employee’s medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. Injured employees should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to obtain a full assessment of their rights.
Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Kansas’ recent ranking as one of the most dangerous states to work in is frightening for many employees and something that must be addressed immediately. Kansas workers are the backbone of our economy and their safety should be protected to the fullest. Any employee who has been injured in a workplace accident in Kansas should contact Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of the Lenexa, Kansas law firm Michael R. Lawless, P.A. For over 27 years, Michael Lawless has assisted injured workers across the state. Our workers’ compensation firm is dedicated to ensuring injured workers obtain the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.