Indiana hit its record low number of 115 workplace deaths once again in 2015, having reached the same low number in 2012.
This marks a five percent decrease since 2014 and the lowest number of workplace deaths since annual reporting began in 1992.
Transportation and Workplace Injuries
Significantly, nearly half of the 115 workplace deaths recorded in 2015 were transportation-related rather than occurring inside a plant, factory, or office building, according to the Indiana Department of Labor.
Although overall deaths were down, the transportation and warehousing industry experienced the largest percent increase over the prior year.
Transportation has always played a large role in Indiana work-related fatalities. Single catastrophic transportation incidents can sometimes cause multiple work-related deaths.
Those in the agricultural industry face similar dangers. Agricultural and transportation hazards include:
- Heavy equipment
- Operator fatigue
- Worker inattentiveness
State Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble commends Indiana for its progress in workplace safety, but emphasized that “115 families still lost a loved one” and employers must continue efforts to reduce on-the-job fatalities.
Injured at Work? Hensley Legal Group Can Help
It’s not quite report card time yet for 2016, but if you’ve been injured at work this year, Hensley Legal Group may be able to help.
Employers have a responsibility provide a safe work environment for their employees. Workers’ compensation may cover your damages, but if a third party is responsible for your injuries—such as a construction site or a third-party maintenance staff—Hensley Legal Group can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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