Fatal work injuries and occupational diseases in DC, Virginia and Maryland

There were 13 workers killed on the job in the District of Columbia during 2007.  82 workers lost their lives in work accidents in Maryland that year and 141 died in Virginia due to occupational injuries or exposures.

Stunningly sad statistics in this day and age.  And like most accidents where someone is hurt, on the job and elsewhere, many probably could have been prevented.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many of these deaths are caused by car or truck accidents while working, on the job falls, or coming into contact with equipment.  And a significant cause of death while at work is assault or other violent acts.

Some studies indicate that in half of all fatal car accidents, death could have been prevented by simply wearing a seat belt.  And OSHA requires fall protection - railings, harnesses and other safety gear while working at heights.  Properly working fall protection should reduce the risk of serious injury or death in construction accidents.  And adequate security may prevent assaults and other violent acts.

The surviving spouse and minor children are entitled to workers compensation death benefits in most cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  They may also be entitled to wrongful death damages if their loved one was killed because of the negligence of another person.

For more information on work related fatalities, go to http://www.bls.gov.