Workers in a variety of industries put their health and safety on the line every day in South Carolina. While some of these are in fields well known for being potentially dangerous, on-the-job accidents and injuries can occur in any occupation. In severe cases, injuries suffered can be life threatening and even fatal. The following outlines the six most common causes of fatal work-related injuries in South Carolina, as well as benefits grieving family members may be entitled to as they recover from their loss.
Fatal On-the-Job Accidents In South Carolina
Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that roughly 120 workers die as the result of on-the-job accidents in South Carolina each year. While jobs in the construction, maintenance, transportation, law enforcement, and medical fields are among the most dangerous, work related injuries and fatalities can happen even in seemingly safe work environments, such as offices, retail stores, and restaurants. According to BLS statistics compiled for each state, the following are the six most common causes of work-related fatalities in South Carolina, in order of occurrence:
- Transportation accidents, involving truck, bus, and company car crashes, as well as job site pedestrian injuries
- Contact with objects and equipment, which includes electrical injuries, chemical or thermal burns, and being struck by or against an object
- Acts of violence, which can be perpetrated by other employees or customers
- Slips, trips, and falls, due to uneven or slick work surfaces, and working at unsecured heights or on faulty equipment
- Exposure to harmful substances and environments, which can cause immediate, obvious harm, as well as chronic conditions which develop slowly over time, such as asbestosis, lung disease, and cancer due to radiation
- Fires and explosions, which can occur in any job setting, but can particularly impact public safety or utility workers, factory and mill employees, and those in the food service field
South Carolina Compensation Benefits Can Help
When job-related accidents, injuries, chronic illnesses, and fatalities occur, the South Carolina workers’ compensation program can help workers and their families recover. By filing a claim with the company or employer involved, the families of fatally injured workers may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Funeral expenses and transportation for out of town family members
- Final medical bills and expenses related to the worker’s injuries
- Compensation for lost income and benefits the family will suffer as a result of the death.
Our South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
While we know that no amount of money can make up for permanent disabilities or the loss of a family member, our South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys can assist you in getting the compensation you will need to cover the losses of income your family will suffer, both now and in the years to come. Call or contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm online today to request a free, no obligation consultation to see how we can help in your case.