When one kisses their family goodbye and heads off for a day’s work, the last thing on their mind is getting injured or killed. Sadly, many Florida workers do find themselves in harm’s way.
Work-related injuries and fatalities are more than inconvenient, they are costly. Let’s take a look at some statistics published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Florida Department of Health.
Common non-fatal workplace injuries
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following cause workers to miss the most time away from work nationwide:
- Multiple fractures: An average of 48 days.
- Amputations: An average of 31 days.
- Lacerations, punctures and cuts: An average of 4 days.
- Multiple sprains: An average of 7 days.
- Contusions and bruises: An average of 5 days.
- Multiple traumatic injuries: An average of 9 days.
- Tendinitis: An average of 14 days.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: An average of 30 days.
- Chemical exposure: An average of 3 days.
- Heat burns: An average of 5 days.
The above statistics are averages of days of work missed. However, every injury is unique and may require more time off than the national average.
Statistics about Florida workplace fatalities by industry
The Florida Department of Health reports that in 2019, 306 workplace fatalities were reported in Florida. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of fatalities by industry:
- Transportation incidents: These accounted for the majority of work-related fatalities in Florida with 35%.
- Slips, trips and falls: These came in second place with a total of 23% of Florida workplace fatalities.
- Exposure to harmful environments or substances: These fatalities are in third place at 14%.
- Violence by people or animals: This fourth category came in at 14%, as well.
- Other: The fifth and final category is “Other.” This accounted for 14% of all work-related fatalities in Florida for 2019.
Not all workplace injuries and fatalities can be avoided, accidents happen. However, being aware of the common causes can help Florida workers and employers be proactive. If you suffer a workplace injury, be proactive about protecting your rights and your future