California Worker Deaths Rose in 2018


The last thing that anyone should have to worry about when they go to work is if they will be fatally injured due to a workplace accident. Unfortunately, many reports suggest that worker deaths are on the rise in California. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our Los Angeles death claims attorneys are here to help grieving families recover the compensation they are entitled to after a tragic incident claims the life of a loved one at work.

New data shows an increase in California worker deaths

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has reported that 422 workers in California died on the job in 2018. This is an increase over previous years. According to the DIR, 376 died in 2017 and 2016, 388 died in 2015, and 344 died in 2014.

Increases in worker deaths should be alarming to everybody in the state. Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Douglas Parker, said in a statement that “These workers who lost their lives on the job in California serve as a reminder that we need to do everything possible to keep workplaces safe.”

The National Safety Council says that the leading cause of preventable deaths on the job in the United States remains vehicle crashes and falls. They point out that there is a growing threat of deaths due to alcohol and drug overdoses.

Who is liable for workplace deaths?

Family members of those who are killed on the job deserve to know what caused their loved ones’ deaths. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we know that there were 5,250 total worker deaths in the US during the latest reporting year. When we look at the data from OSHA’s safety violations, we can see that the blame for many workplace deaths and injuries commonly falls on employers.

Employers should always ensure that their employees have safe working conditions. This means that employers must ensure that every worker:

  • Is properly trained for their job
  • Has the correct equipment, clothing, and safety gear
  • Is properly warned of any known hazards present on a worksite

In many cases, workplace deaths are attributable to third-party contractors who operate in and around employees.

Let us get to work on your case

If you have lost a loved one due to an incident that happened while they were at work, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we have vast experience handling workers compensation, work injury, and workplace death cases. Our goal is to thoroughly investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Cost of pre-death medical care
  • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of consortium and companionship damages

When you need a Los Angeles death claims lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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