Regardless of your industry, you face the risk of injury at work in most environments. In Tennessee, your risks are higher dependent on industry and your position. In some workplaces, then risks are higher than in others, judging by the types of injuries that occur more often than not. For instance, the construction industry is among one of the more dangerous occupations. The loss of a loved one is never easy, particularly if a workplace accident caused the death in the first place. 

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, cited by Business Insurance, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries in 2017. This leads many to wonder what the most common accident is. Is it preventable? The most common accident happens to be transportation related deaths. Vehicular accidents do not occur in a bubble and instead can happen to anyone, anywhere. Those who are in the middle of transport for work are still on the job and hence transportation is the highest contributor. 

One of the highest contributor is falling. This is particularly true in the construction industry and other occupations where a person may have to work from deadly heights. Fatal injuries for falls account for 17.2 percent. While overdoses have a higher rate of death than falls, these deaths tend to be from illegal substances and hence not usually the fault of safety errors. Other work accidents that result in death include: 

  • Violence 
  • Contact with equipment 
  • Confined spaces 
  • Crane related injuries 

Work related injuries could occur to anyone, though they tend to be more common amongst older workers. 

None of the above is meant to be considered legal advice. It is for informational purposes only.