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"In 2020, West Virginia continued to experience work-related death rates that are almost double the national rate for workers killed on the job."
MORGANTOWN, WV, February 08, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There's no doubt that we all hope to never again see a year like 2020. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, millions of people either lost their jobs or were temporarily prevented from working.
One benefit of the government mandated shutdowns during the pandemic was that worker deaths decreased by 10.7% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual report, there were 4,764 fatal workplace injuries in 2020. This represents the lowest annual number of workplace injury deaths since 2013. These numbers do not take into account workers who died from Covid-19 exposure. Even so, one worker died every 111 minutes from a work-related injury in 2020.
One workplace death is one too many, and statistics are meaningless to those families who suddenly and tragically lost loved ones due to workplace accidents.
Sadly, West Virginia is still seeing worker death rates that are higher than the national averages, especially from accidents involving large trucks.
For the U.S.A. as a whole, the US workers killed overall rate was 3.4 per 100,000 full-time workers and in West Virginia, the rate was 6.6 workers killed per every 100,000 full time workers.
Similarly, for the U.S.A. as a whole, the number of fatalities from transport-related incidents, including semi-truck accidents, in the U.S.A. was 26% of total workplace fatalities. For West Virginia, however, it was 36% of the total work-related deaths.
Research carried out by Robinette Legal Group PLLC has shown the 2020 statistics for fatal work accident statistics for the US and West Virginia. It shows that in 2020 there was a total of 47 fatal injuries recorded in the state of WV alone. Of these, 89% were men, and 70% of those killed were between the ages of 25 -54.
With an eye toward improving workplace safety in West Virginia, the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC has assembled an infographic demonstrating 2020 West Virginia fatal work accident statistics as compared to the United States as a whole. The infographic can be accessed here: https://robinettelaw.com/fatal-work-accident-statistics-2020-united-states-and-west-virginia/
For more information about the impact of workplace deaths and to learn about a family's rights after suddenly and tragically losing a loved one after a workplace accident, the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC can be contacted by calling (304) 594-1800 or by visiting the website.
Founding and managing attorney of the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC Jeff Robinette has over thirty years of award-winning legal experience handling personal injury claims for his clients. Mr. Robinette is a lifetime member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates, BBB A+ Rating, and earned Martindale-Hubbell's coveted AV rating from his peers.
Mr. Robinette is Super Lawyer designated, a National Board-Certified Trial Attorney, a member of Elite Lawyers of America, and his firm was selected by Litigator Awards as a top 1% law firm for personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice claims in West Virginia.
Robinette Legal Group, PLLC
211 Everhart Dr. Ste 200
Morgantown, WV 26508
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