Over the past few decades, America’s workplace has been on a steady road to improved safety conditions for the average worker. While there was a slight uptick in workplace fatalities from 2014 to 2015 (an increase of 15 fatalities according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), overall the workplace in Maryland and the U.S. is one of safety. Additionally, workers’ injury rates for full-time workers were lower in 2015 than in 2014. However, there are three stark contrasts to the overall multi-decade trend of decreased injuries and fatalities: Hispanic or Latino workers, workers aged 65 and older, and roadway accidents.
Hispanic and Latino Workers saw Large Increase in Fatalities
In 2015 there were 903 workplace fatalities for Hispanic and Latino workers, which was the most since 2007. That number represents an increase of 12 percent from the previous year. If English is not a fluent language of a worker who is injured, the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be an experience of increased frustration and confusion. When it comes to workers’ compensation benefits for an injured worker, we walk through all of the necessary steps with our clients to ensure that they are never left in the dark or wondering what is going on in their case.
Roadway Accidents on the Rise
Just as motor vehicle fatalities have been rising each year, so too have the fatalities caused in roadway workplace accidents. Fatalities on the job caused by motor vehicles rose nine percent from 2014 to 2015, putting increased numbers of construction workers, delivery drivers, and semi-truck operators at risk.
Decrease in Worker Fatalities for Older Workers, But Still Second Highest Number Record Began in 1992
While there was an overall decrease in workplace fatalities from 2014 to 2015 for those aged 65 and older, the trend is still a troubling one. 2014 and 2015 are the two highest fatality years for workers in that age range. More Americans are working into their 60s than ever before, according to Bloomberg. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans 65 years and older are employed. Some of the reasons include enjoyment of work and their employers’ wishes to keep older, more experienced workers around. However, more commonly the reasons include little to no retirement savings. When an older worker is injured on the job, it can often take more time for their bodies to heal, if they heal properly at all. Medical bills can be greater, returning to work can be more difficult, and if returning to work is not possible, learning a new set of job skills later in life can be more complicated. As more people work later into their life, and as employers make safety cuts to increase profits, more older people will continue to suffer the consequences of workplace accidents.
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An experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorney is a must for any injured employee, whether they are in their twilight years or are just starting out on their first job. Call the Pasadena workers’ compensation attorneys of Frame & Frame today at 410-255-0373.