While the national average of workplace fatalities has declined in recent
years, Florida’s workplace-related deaths have risen, making it
the state with the third-highest number of fatal work injuries in the
country. And to make matters worse, this current trend could move Florida
into the top spot soon. From 2014 to 2015, workplace fatalities in Florida
increased from a rate of 2.7 to 3.1 per 100,000 workers; at the same time,
the national average fell from 3.43 to 3.38 per 100,000 workers.
OSHA inspections have determined that companies are cutting corners to
increase their products and save costs, at the expense of their employee’s
lives. Workers in Florida, especially those in construction, are facing
increasing odds of being seriously injured or killed at work. Many of
these accidents, such as the death of 34-year old Marvin Franklin, could
have been avoided. As Mr. Franklin walked across the construction site
he worked at, a dump truck backed over him. Simple things like a spotter
or adherence to manuals restricting people from dangerous areas could
have prevented his death, yet it seems like safety is not a priority for
certain employers. Infuriatingly enough, many of these deaths can be prevented
with proper safety measures in place.
When a person is injured or killed at work, it creates a ripple effect
of troubles for a family. If you have been injured at work or know someone
who has been killed, please contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today.
Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers can help you in this stressful and emotional time by reviewing the circumstances
surrounding the accident and figuring out who is liable for the damages.
Since you may be facing expensive medical bills, funeral expenses and
lost wages, it is important you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Call (888) 499-6206 for a free initial case evaluation.