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Florida Workplace Deaths on the Rise

Senior Hispanic worker laying injured on floorAgencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are dedicated to ensuring every worker in America is able to perform their job in a safe environment. For the most part, it’s worked. In the most recent data year, deaths fell nationwide from 3.43 per 1,000 to 3.38 per 1,000. With more than 150 million people in the American workforce, that is a significant drop.

But not every state has seen a similar change. In fact, during that same data year, workplace deaths in Florida rose. Statistically, such incidents rose from 2.7 per 1,000 workers to 3.1. However, in real terms, deaths rose by 44, and in total 272 lives were lost on the job in the state. There have been many notable instances within this data set, but each life lost is a tragedy.

Many of these deaths occurred due to improper training or safeguards. For instance, during the renovation of Interstate 4, a man was run over by a dump truck. The reason? Every large truck was supposed to have a spotter, but the spotter for that truck was in a company meeting and not replaced. As such, the dump truck backed over the victim — and didn’t realize he had hit anyone.

However, not every case can be blamed on insufficient safety features. For instance, a technician for Universal Studios in Orlando was working on repairing animatronics on one of the rides. He fell into the ride, and was electrocuted, dying at the scene.

Regardless of the cause, every workplace injury, illness or death should be taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed at work in Pensacola, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what workers’ comp provides. Contact the attorneys at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon today for a free consultation.

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