Solomon Law Firm
Free Consultation/No Fee IF No recovery

AFL-CIO, NSC draw attention to workplace deaths, illness

There were 5,147 workplace fatalities in 2017, according to the AFL-CIO. In its report entitled, "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," the labor union federation is calling for more awareness of the hazards faced by workers and for the implementation of safer practices. New Hampshire residents should know that this report was released as a part of Workers' Memorial Week, which took place from April 22 to 29, 2019.

The three leading causes of workplace fatalities were transportation incidents(killed 2,077 workers in 2017); slips, trips and falls (killed 887 that year); and workplace violence (killed 807). In the private industry, workplace violence was to blame for some 29,000 injuries resulting in lost time from work.

Every year, around 95,000 people die from occupational illnesses, which means that 2017 saw an average of 275 illness-related worker deaths each day. The AFL-CIO has called this a national crisis. Thousands more are injured. Heat stress, for example, has injured over 70,000 workers between 1992 and 2017 and led to 815 deaths.

The National Safety Council is doing its part to advocate greater workplace safety, encouraging all Americans to take its online Safe at Work Pledge. According to the NSC, the number of preventable work-related deaths has gone up by 18% since 2009.

Even when employers do all they can to promote safety, accidents can happen. In most cases, though, employers will be facing a workers' compensation claim rather than a personal injury claim. Workers' comp benefits pay for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, and any injured worker is eligible. At the same time, employers have the right to deny payment, so victims who intend to file for workers' comp may want a lawyer by their side. If an appeal must be mounted, the lawyer might assist.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors & Memberships

  • AMHP | 2018
  • AAJ
  • 10 BEST | AIPIA
  • BBB
  • ABA
  • Martindale Hubbell | Distinguished | Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement 2019
  • Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards | Distinguished | Peter M. Solomon | The Distinguidhed rating is earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource. Martindale- Hubbel | 2019
email us for a response

Experienced Lawyers Serving Southern New Hampshire

Do not face difficult legal issues alone. Turn to Solomon Law Firm for representation you can trust to always fight for your best interests. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 877-LAW-HELP (877-529-4357) or contact us online.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Three Convenient Locations

We have offices in Londonderry, Manchester and Bedford to serve the needs of people throughout New Hampshire.

Main Office
One Buttrick Road
Londonderry, NH 03053

Toll Free: 877-529-4357
Fax: 603-434-5335
Londonderry Law Office Map

36 Salmon Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Toll Free: 877-529-4357
Fax: 603-434-5335
Manchester Law Office Map

15 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

Toll Free: 877-529-4357
Fax: 603-434-5335
Bedford Law Office Map