Missouri workers may do everything within their power to be safe at work, but accidents can still happen even in the best of situations. Unfortunately, workplace accidents often do much more than just injure victims. Fatal work injuries kill thousands of people every year.
Too many people are dying
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,764 people died from work-related injuries in 2020. This works out to about 13 worker deaths every day, or one worker death every 111 minutes. The industries responsible for the most number of worker deaths include:
- Material moving
Are things getting better?
While even one worker death is too many, the good news is that 2020 had the fewest number of worker fatalities since 2013. It was even a significant drop from the year before, when 5,333 people succumbed to fatal workplace injuries. However, there does appear to be a racial disparity in worker deaths. In 2020 there were 3.4 deaths for every 100,000 workers overall, but the figure for Black and Latino workers was actually higher, at 3.5 and 4.5 deaths per 100,000, respectively.
Unexpectedly losing a loved one to fatal work injuries is devastating. Missouri families may not even have time to grieve as they struggle to deal with the financial side of things, including funeral expenses on top of lost wages. While nothing can bring back a loved one, securing temporary death benefits through the workers’ compensation system can provide a sense of financial security to families.