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Bureau of Labor Statistics Identifies Most Dangerous Jobs for American Workers


With all of the technological advancements that we have in this modern age, we still face some of the problems that we had way back in the industrial revolution. One of those major problems is the lack of worker safety in many American jobs. Indeed, each day masses of American workers clock into unsafe jobs where they may end up severely injured and disabled, or maybe even dead. Acknowledging the number of significant safety risks that many American workplaces present, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides recent insights into just how dangerous American workplaces can be. To help Louisiana workers better understand the landscape when it comes to worker safety in America, we share some of the recent findings from the BLS’ 2022 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary here.

The Numbers Do Not Lie when it Comes to the Dangers Workers Face Every Day on the Job

Here are some of the key findings when it comes to worker fatalities by occupation, according to the BLS’ 2022 survey:

  • Fatalities in jobs within the transportation and material moving industry increased, with a 2022 rate of 14.6 worker fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. According to the BLS, this increase was caused by driver/sales worker deaths and truck driver death increases of 8.0%;
  • The industry that saw the second largest number of worker fatalities in 2022 was the construction and extraction industry. Within that industry, slip and fall and tripping events caused 423 worker fatalities. The 2022 fatality rate for workers within the construction and extraction industry hit 13.0 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers;
  • Protective service occupations saw an increase in worker fatalities from 9.4 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2021, to 10.2 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2022;
  • The industry with the highest worker fatality rate in 2022 was farming, fishing, and forestry. In 2021, the worker fatality rate was 20.0 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, which increased to 23.5 worker deaths per 100,000 full-time workers in 2022.

Justice for Louisiana Workers Injured on the Job

In Louisiana, most workers who are injured on the job and who are disabled from working are entitled to important financial benefits to assist them while they heal from their workplace injuries and get back on their feet. These benefits are called Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits, and they include wage replacement compensation, medical expense reimbursement, vocational rehabilitation training, and other important benefits. In order to determine whether you may be owed Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits for your workplace injury, it is best to speak with an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after a workplace injury occurs.

The experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your workplace injury and to see if they can help get you compensation due. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today and speak to a lawyer about your rights and options for free.



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