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Vestal Worker Killed in Forklift Accident

Published March 29, 2013 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

There were 4,609 fatal work accidents in New York State and nationwide in 2011, according to federal safety statistics.

This averages out to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time American workers.

Warehouses and manufacturing plants are especially dangerous places to work. Complex machinery, heavy equipment and strenuous labor can add up to disaster.

An example occurred March 22 at a pipe and plastics facility in Vestal, according to WBNG Binghamton. A man was killed on a Friday afternoon when he was hit by a forklift.

Police and an emergency squad were called to the scene. The worker was taken to the hospital but did not survive. Officials said the Occupational Safety and Health Association will conduct an investigation.

6 Workplace Fatality Statistics

  • Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector dropped from 774 in 2010 to 721 in 2011. This was the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts in this category.
  • Fatal construction injuries are down nearly 42 percent since 2006.
  • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent of workplace deaths in 2011. There were 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
  • Work-related deaths in the private mining industry declined 10 percent in 2011. This includes jobs in oil, coal and gas extraction.
  • Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011. This is the second consecutive year counts have risen in this sector.
  • Deaths of workers ages 20 to 24 rose nearly 18 percent in 2011.


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