Are fatal workplace accidents on the rise in Georgia?
In late December, a worker at a Diamond Plastics Plant fell into a machine and was crushed by falling pipes. That was the second workplace death that week in the state. Two days prior, a 62-year-old man in Roberta, Georgia working at a sand and supply company fell into a hopper, where he passed away.
Georgia Fatal Work Accidents: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
A recent BLS report on fatal workplace injuries in Georgia showed that in 2014, there were 148 workplace deaths. Of those deaths, 59 were the result of transportation accidents and 32 were due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Slips, trips and falls and contact with objects or equipment rounded off the majority of those accidents. How does this compare to national rates from the same time period?
Roughly 40 percent of fatal work accidents in Georgia were related to transportation, the same as the national average. Slips, trips and falls exceeded the national average in Georgia, from 20 percent in Georgia to 17 percent nationwide. Violence from animals and other people reached 16 percent nationwide, while in Georgia, the number was 22 percent. Contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 15 percent of work fatalities for both the state and the nation.
The BLS report indicated a steady downward trend in Georgia workplace fatalities from 2005 to 2010, and the number has been consistent from 2010 to the end of 2014.