Representing victims of occupational fatalities in Cobb County and Paulding, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin Counties
At Nicholson Phillips in Marietta, we are compassionate advocates for victims of fatal work accidents, and their families. It is never easy to lose a loved one. But when a family member is taken from you too early because an unsafe environment led to a fatal construction accident or other workplace incident, the loss is even more tragic. You may be left wondering if the accident could have been prevented and, more importantly, who is responsible. When you need a trustworthy attorney to represent you in a wrongful death claim, we can help you obtain compensation for death and burial costs, loss of family income, medical bills, and emotional pain and suffering, such as loss of companionship and diminished quality of life.
Statistics about fatal work accidents
Every year, the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compiles, analyzes and releases data about workplace fatalities and injuries by state and nationally to monitor and increase workplace safety and health standards.
The most recent report available, from 2011, includes the following data:
National workplace fatalities
In 2011, there were 4,609 workplace fatalities in total, 721 of which were due to fatal construction accidents. Among all 15 measured industry sectors, only the transportation and warehousing sector resulted in more fatalities. The average rate of occupational fatality in 2011 was 3.5 among all industry sectors, meaning that for every 100,000 full-time equivalent employees, 3.5 were killed in fatal work accidents. But the fatality rate in the construction industry in 2011 was 8.9 — well above the total average and the fourth-highest fatality rate among all industries, trailing only behind agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (24.4), mining (15.8), and transportation and warehousing (15.0).
Of 107 Georgia workplace fatalities in 2011, 23 (or about 21.5 percent) were due to construction accidents. Of these, 10 were caused by falls, slips and trips, five were caused by exposure to harmful substances and environments, and four were caused by contact with objects and equipment.
When you lose a family member in a fatal work accident in Marietta or elsewhere in northern Georgia, you may be able to obtain certain benefits via workers’ compensation, particularly if your loved one worked in construction. However, if you suspect that the workplace accident that killed your loved one occurred due to lack of safety compliance, gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing, it is best to consult with an attorney regarding your options for litigation. A settlement or verdict may provide you with additional compensation.