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Last month, President Barack Obama declared April 28 Workers’ Memorial Day. OSHA (the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration) memorialized fallen workers across the country. At the same time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported its final numbers for worker fatalities in 2012. That year, 4,628 workers lost their lives on the job. This was a slight decrease in national workplace death statistics compared to 2011.

Baltimore, MD workers’ compensation lawyers like us know that any life lost on the job is a tragedy, both for the worker and his or her family. No one plans to go off to work and not come home that day. But accidents happen, sometimes due to negligence or recklessness on the part of employers, property owners, company owners and even coworkers. Construction accidents — particularly falls — remain one of the top causes of worker injury and death in the U.S.

The preliminary 2012 workplace fatality data for Baltimore / Towson, Maryland reflect national trends. But one of the top two causes of worker death in our region may not be what you’d expect. According to the BLS, 34 people died on the job or as a result of work-related injury in Baltimore – Towson in 2012. This was up from 28 worker deaths in 2011. Transportation accidents tied for the top cause of workplace fatality. The other top reason people die on the job in Baltimore – Towson might surprise you: Workplace violence.

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When an employee suffers an injury or work-related illness, their lives literally may be at stake. As Maryland Workers’ Compensation lawyers, we work with hurt and sick workers to obtain the compensation they need while they’re recovering from their work injury or illness. This means promptly filing a Maryland Work Comp claim and sometimes, taking the employer to court if they refuse to honor the claim in a timely manner.

One law that provides workers who become seriously ill with some protection is the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which Congress passed 20 years ago under the Clinton administration. The Act ensures job security by providing workers *who meet certain requirements* (this is significant) with 12 weeks of unpaid leave, to care for a family member (including maternity/paternity care) or to care for themselves in the event of injury or illness. The law was designed to protect sick workers from losing their jobs or medical coverage.

Some employee rights advocates heralded the FMLA as the beginning of a “Workers’ First” attitude in the U.S. However, others have criticized the Act as not going far enough, as it does not require all employers to provide the unpaid-leave benefit for all employees (see link to terms of the law below) — and some people simply can’t afford to take 12 weeks off without pay. Considering how exorbitant medical expenses rack up quickly, this is significant for sick workers in Maryland and everywhere else.

Maryland Workers’ Rights Case Goes to Supreme Court
Maryland was, in fact, one of two states that made national legal headlines for state workers’ rights cases related to the FMLA. Wrongful denial of FMLA leave to workers had been challenged through private lawsuit or administrative action by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Related cases in Nevada and Maryland reached the Supreme Court. As reported,

In one, Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs (2003), the Court held that state employees could sue to enforce the family-care (sick relative) provision of the Act.

But in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland (2012), the Court held that the states’ sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment prevented lawsuits against them over the self-care provision.

The Supreme Court of the United States held that, “Suits against the states under the self-care provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act are barred by sovereign immunity.” (See link to SCOTUS blog summary of the Maryland case below. Justice Kennedy authored the opinion.)

Seriously ill or injured workers who apply for Maryland Workers Comp may or may not also be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As we’ve written about in previous blog articles, things can get very messy, very quickly when a worker is injured or becomes sick on the job in Maryland. If employers always stood by their workers and did the right thing — we wouldn’t need Md. Workers Comp attorneys like us to fight for their rights. Unfortunately, when money and compensation are involved, hurt workers often get the short end of the stick.

To learn more about The Family and Medical Leave Act — and whom it does and doesn’t cover — as well as the Maryland case that went to Supreme Court, see links below.

Related Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney articles:

Dangerous Jobs in Maryland : OSHA Site Specific Inspections Target High-Risk, Non-Construction Workplaces (Jan. 2013)

Can I Get Workers Comp in Maryland if My Employer Is Based Out of State? (Nov. 2012)


A Step in the Right Direction: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 at 20
Verdict : Legal Analysis and Commentary from March 5, 2013
Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals
SCOTUS Blog March 20, 2012
Related Web Resources:

Fact Sheet: The Family and Medical Leave Act
U.S. Department of Labor
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Information and Forms
Maryland Department of Budget and Management

The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its plan to inspect workplaces in industries with increased hazards for worker illness, injury, and death.

OSHA announced in a press release that the Site-Specific Targeting 2012 plan aims inspections at high-hazard, non-construction site workplaces with 20 or more workers. The plan is the result of data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries. Industries surveyed included farming, automotive, trucking, packing and crating, manufacturing, grocery, lumber, department stores, as well as hospitals and psychiatric and nursing facilities.

Baltimore, Maryland Worker’s Compensation lawyers like us know that construction work can be very dangerous. A fair number of our work injury cases result from construction workers who suffer injuries from slip and fall accidents, being struck by machinery or objects, and construction vehicle accidents. However worker hazards exist in other non-construction industries target by OSHA – both nationally and regionally, here in the Mid-Atlantic.

OSHA’s Local Emphasis Programs target region-specific industries where workers may be at higher risk for injury and death. Maryland falls within OSHA Region III. Among the region specific industries and types of injuries targeted under this program are the oil and gas industry, cement work, construction falls, department store industry, sheet metal and scrap metal industries, the health care industry, and ship building/boat repair.

Note: Maryland is among the U.S. states and territories that operate their own OSHA-approved job safety and health programs and cover state and local government workers as well as private sector workers. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Program (MOSH) is part of the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry. Maryland OSHA is headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland and has field offices in Easton and Hagerstown, Md.

If you are injured in the course of your work for a Maryland employer, please contact an experienced Maryland work injury attorney to discuss your case. These cases can quickly turn against well-meaning employees, who may let loyalty to a company get in the way of doing what’s best for themselves and their families. Remember: Insurance companies and company attorneys don’t care how loyal you are to your employer or how many years of work you put into your job.

See our related articles below for more insight into the Maryland Worker’s Compensation system and dangerous jobs in Maryland.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney Articles:

Top Question Asked by Injured Workers Filing Maryland Workers’ Compensation Claims : “When Will I Get Paid?”

Maryland Work Injury and Death Statistics Shed Light on Most Hazardous Occupations (Jan. 2012)


OSHA issues 2012 inspection plan to reduce injuries and illnesses at high-hazard workplaces
OSHA News Release Jan. 8, 2013
Site-Specific Targeting 2012 (SST-12) (PDF)
OSHA Notice Jan. 4, 2013
OSHA : Local Emphasis Programs

OSHA : Maryland Plan

A high-profile case this past summer drew attention to an issue we Baltimore County work accident injury lawyers encounter with our clients. What happens if you’re hurt at work in Maryland, but your employer is based out of state? What if your work in Maryland requires you to travel and work at employer sites in other states? How does Maryland Workers Compensation fit into the picture?

Work-related injuries can happen to people in just these types of situations. Often they are sales people, construction workers, and others who travel for their Maryland jobs. But not always.

This past summer, former Washington Redskins pro football player Tom Tupa took his Workers Compensation claim to the Maryland High Court. In August 2005, Tupa injured his back while playing a pre-season game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. However, he had an employment contract with Pro-Football, Inc., which is based in Virginia. Tupa and his attorneys pursued the Workers Compensation claim in Maryland courts, asserting that because the injury happened in Maryland – Maryland Workers Comp should cover Tupa’s injuries.

Pro-Football, Inc., argued that Redskins players practiced and attended meetings at company headquarters in Virginia, therefore Tupa was contractually bound to bring any injury claims in Virginia — not Maryland where the injury took place. The court disagreed. The court also determined that Tupa’s injuries were indeed accidental and occurred in the course of his employment – playing pro football – and therefore were compensable.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that it “…had jurisdiction over a football player’s claim and he suffered a compensable injury during the course of his employment.” In other words, Tupa’s employment contract with a Virginia-based employer did not mean he waived his rights to collect Workers’ Compensation in the state of Maryland, where he was regularly employed (i.e., playing football games).

Most Maryland Workers Compensation claims do not make headlines like this one. However regular working people who are hurt on the job may find, like Mr. Tupa, that their employers may throw up roadblocks to their Md. Work Comp claims. Loyalty can go out the window when an employee gets hurt, and a company is looking at being held responsible.

This is why it’s so important to contact an experienced Maryland Workers’ Comp attorney as soon as possible following your work-related injury or illness. If you were injured out of state, or your employer is based out of state – that can throw more wrenches into an already complicated process. Get seasoned legal help to make sure you aren’t denied Workers Compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney article:

Maryland Work Injury and Death Statistics Shed Light on Most Hazardous Occupations (Jan. 2012)


Case Name: Pro-Football, Inc. v. Tupa, No. 29 September Term, 2011 (Md. 08/22/12)
16-page decision (PDF doc)

Redskins’ punter can collect benefits in Maryland despite contract terms
Risk & Insurance magazine Nov. 22, 2012
Ex-Redskin Tom Tupa can get workers’ comp, Md. high court rules
The Washington Post Aug 23, 2012

“Is it hot enough for you?” Folks jokingly use that rather tepid greeting when temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels. However heat stroke is no laughing matter. Vast parts of the U.S. have experienced record-breaking heat this summer, with some states seeing temps soar and stay above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Baltimore, Maryland and entire the Mid-Atlantic region have not escaped the brutal heat, as we’ve sweated under a heat advisory for much of the summer.

People who work outside in Maryland performing manual labor jobs at are greater risk for suffering heat stroke and heat-related illnesses, which can lead to death. This includes people who work in the construction industry as well as farm workers in Maryland.

With these hard-working people and their employers in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a national campaign aimed at preventing worker injury and death from heat-related illness. The Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers aims to educate business owners, managers, and employees to learn who is at risk, the signs of heat illness, and how to respond if a worker is in distress.

Baltimore County, Maryland work accident injury lawyers advise injured employees and grieving families, when a work-related accident or illness causes injury or death. With sustained hot temperatures in Maryland and across the country, it’s no wonder OSHA has made preventing heat injuries and deaths a priority.

OSHA reports that workers most at risk of heat related illness include those performing manual labor outdoors, wearing heavy or bulky and protective clothing, and those not accustomed to working in the heat. Heat stroke occurs when sweating is not enough for the body to cool itself, and body temperatures rise to dangerous levels. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can be fatal.

Maryland Workers’ Compensation claims may be filed in a broad range of accident injury and illness cases, including those caused by heat stroke. Here in Maryland, a wide range of workers perform heavy labor outside in the brutal heat, including construction workers (such as builders, roofers, carpenters, road and and highway construction workers in Maryland), public works personnel in our Maryland towns and cities, utility repair people, and farm workers harvesting our fields and operating farm vehicles and other heavy agricultural equipment.

Maryland is part of the OSHA Region 3 office in Philadelphia, which includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. OSHA has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the heat illness prevention campaign. NOAA now includes worker safety precautions when extreme heat alerts are issued to the public (see links below).

OSHA recommends outdoor workers drink plenty of water, take breaks, and find shade to rest. The organization also hopes to educate employers and workers on the warning signs of heat stroke, and how to react if a worker becomes sick from the heat. In addition to targeting heat related illnesses in workers this summer, OSHA also launched a national construction slip and fall accidents prevention campaign. See related article below.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney Article:

Preventing Maryland Construction Work Falls and Fatalities : OSHA Launches Fall Prevention Campaign (May 15, 2012)


OSHA Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

NOAA : Heat Wave, A Major Summer Killer

Maryland lawmakers have moved forward with legislation that seeks to privatize the state-run Workers’ Compensation fund. S.B. 745 seeks to require the Maryland Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund (IWIF) to restructure into a private workers’ compensation insurance fund, to be known as the Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Co.

The bill was introduced to the Maryland State Senate on Feb. 3 by State Senator Thomas M. Middleton and is co-sponsored by State Senators Katherine Klausmeier and Delores G. Kelley. The bill passed with amendments in the Maryland State Senate in mid-March, and has moved to its first reading in the House (House Bill 1017).

Since 1914, the IWIF has been the Maryland workers’ compensation insurer of last resort — meaning it has written policies for employers who couldn’t otherwise find suitable insurance in the private marketplace. The Baltimore Business Journal reports that the IWIF has been Maryland’s largest workers’ comp insurer — providing insurance for some 21,000 Maryland businesses (more than 20 percent). That amounted to about $170 million in policies written in 2011.

The bill is somewhat controversial, and is not the IWIF’s first attempt at privatizing and moving out from under state control. As the BBJ reports, “Despite the planned name change, IWIF would still be under state control because the governor would continue to name IWIF’s board of directors, insurance industry officials said.” The IWIF has reportedly expressed concern over the Maryland General Assembly and Governor O’Malley seeking to tap its $310 million in surplus to close state budget gaps.

As experienced Baltimore County, Maryland workers compensation lawyers for nearly three decades, we’ve seen how the insurance system works from the inside out. If this pending legislation passes, it’s unclear whether workers compensation insurance rates will change for Maryland employers — and how that change might trickle down to the workers comp claim process for injured workers.

If you’re injured at work — do not attempt to file a Maryland work comp claim on your own. The system is far more complicated than the average working person could ever imagine. Just like you wouldn’t go off hiking in the wilderness without a map and a guide — you don’t want to try to navigate the Maryland Workers Compensation system on your own. Please, if you’re injured at work in Maryland, contact a personal injury attorney who knows the ropes. And for goodness sakes, don’t make a statement to your employer, their insurance rep, or their attorney. Like walking on a slippery precipice — one false move and it could all be over.

The current Maryland Workers Comp system is fraught with enough perils and pitfalls for injured workers. That’s why we as Maryland work injury attorneys are here to help. We will follow this legislation as it moves through the Maryland House.

Related Maryland Workers Comp Lawyer article:

Maryland Work Injury and Death Statistics Shed Light on Most Hazardous Occupations
Jan. 10, 2012

IWIF seeks to cut ties with Maryland
Baltimore Business Journal Feb. 17, 2012
Legislation to privatize Maryland’s workers comp fund moves forward
Business Insurance March 26, 2012
Maryland could ‘privatize’ workers’ comp fund
Out of the Storm News March 27, 2012
Related Web Resources:

Senate Bill 745 — Synopsis and Sponsors

Injured Workers Insurance Fund

Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission

A Towson, Maryland rehabilitation center has been sued by the United States Department of Labor for allegedly mishandling employees’ retirement contributions. According to a news release, the U.S. Labor Dept. has filed a lawsuit against Towson Rehabilitation Center LLC and its CEO for failure to remit employees’ retirement contributions to the company’s 401K plan.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Baltimore, seeks to restore all plan losses and “permanently bar the defendants from serving in a fiduciary capacity to any employee benefit plan…” covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

A case such as this suggests an alleged breakdown in trust between the employer and employees–in this case, with workers’ retirement contributions at stake. Trust can also break down when someone is injured at work, and the employer may not always do what is in the best interest of the injured employee.

Towson, Maryland Workers Comp lawyers also understand the grief injured workers go through when the trust between employer and employee is broken.

When someone is hurt in the course of their employment in Maryland, there may be a knee-jerk reaction to let the employer handle matters. Often hard-working, dedicated employees believe “my boss knows what’s best.” They don’t want to make waves — particularly in this rough economy where good jobs are hard to come by and hold onto. So they leave it up to their employer to advise them on how to handle their work injury. Maybe the boss tells them to take a couple days off, rest up, and see if the injury improves. To that we say, don’t do it! Document your injury, report the incident to your supervisor, get medical attention…and contact an experienced Towson, MD work injury attorney.

As we tell our clients whom we assist in filing Maryland Workers Compensation claims… If you get hurt at work, don’t let guilt or loyalty to your employer prevent you from filing a claim that will help you in the long run.

Even in cordial employer-employee relationships, things can go downhill very quickly when a worker is injured and the employer may be responsible and held liable. This is why it’s always best to consult an experienced injury attorney if you or a loved one are hurt while performing your job in Md. That injury may have repercussions for years to come. And if you don’t handle things properly from the onset, you may be left high and dry with mounting medicals bills and disabilities that prevent you from working and earning your wages.

The case referred to here against the Towson, Md employer was filed by the Labor Department’s Regional Office of the Solicitor in Philadelphia, PA.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney articles:

Maryland Car Accidents While at Work : How MD Workers’ Compensation Works with a Motor Vehicle Accident Liability Claim


US Labor Department sues Towson Rehabilitation Center in Maryland and owner to restore employees’ 401(k) contributions
US Dept. of Labor News Release Feb. 3, 2012
Justia Dockets and Filing:
Solis v. Towson Rehabilitation Center, LLC et al January 11, 2012

Related Web Resource:

MD Workers’ Compensation in the Courts of Appeals

Which are the most dangerous occupations in Maryland? What types of fatal work-related accidents occur most frequently? As we look ahead to 2012, it’s worth looking to the recent past to consider Maryland workplace safety, accidents that happen on the job, and trends.

The answers may be found in the most recent Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) survey results, which are available to the public (see link below). Some highlights from the 2008 Maryland Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries…

> Nonfatal work related injuries and illnesses in Maryland declined in 2008, numbering at 75,000. Maryland is statistically one of the safer states in which to work in the U.S., with a “TRC” (total recordable case) incidence rate that’s 12 percent below the national average. (Md.’s TRC rate was, for 2008, 3.7 injuries and illnesses per 100 equivalent full-time workers.)

That’s the encouraging news.

However, as an experienced Hunt Valley, Maryland Work Accident Injury Attorney will attest, even one injury or death on the job is one too many. Where and how are workers statistically more likely to get hurt or killed in the course of their employment in Md.? According to the MOSH report…

> 60 work related deaths occurred in Maryland in 2008. Of those, four types of events claimed the most lives:

  • Falls to a lower level (such as falling from a ladder, roof, scaffolding, or other construction accident)
  • Workplace homicides
  • Contact with electric current (electrocution)
  • Highway incidents (which includes operating a motor vehicle as part of one’s employment. That can include salespeople who travel by car to pay sales calls to clients, as well as long-distance commercial truckers hauling cargo across Md. highways)

Other types of fatal Maryland work accidents included…

  • Being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
  • Pedestrian incidents (such as a pedestrian accident where a worker on a job site is struck by a vehicle or other traffic accident)
  • Aircraft incidents

> The Maryland construction industry sector recorded the most work fatalities, followed by the goods producing industry and the service industry.

A work related accident can involve both a Maryland Workers’ Compensation claim as well as legal proceedings. This is why it’s critical to contact an experienced work injury attorney as soon as possible. Please see our other resource links below for more information on Maryland work related accidents, Md. Workers Comp claims, and lawsuits in the State of Maryland.


Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in Maryland Decline in 2008, Research and Statistics
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Division of Labor and Industry; Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH)

Related Maryland Injury Attorney Articles:

Maryland Car Accidents While at Work : How MD Workers’ Compensation Works with a Motor Vehicle Accident Liability Claim

Maryland Workers Compensation: The Top 3 Reasons Employers Tell Injured Workers Not to File (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Them) (July 2009)

Maryland Workers’ Compensation Cost of Living Rate Adjustments for 2012 (Dec. 2011)

Maryland Work Injury Update: BLS Issues Revised Fatal Occupational Injuries Report — Work Related Deaths on the Decline (June 2012)

What would happen to you and your family if you were hurt on the job and temporarily or permanently disabled? For construction workers, electricians, machinists, farmers, truck drivers, and others in high-risk occupations, surviving a Maryland work accident can be just the start of an uphill battle. Keeping up with day-to-day medical and living expenses, while recovering from a work-related accident, can be an enormous struggle for injured Md. workers and their families.

Harford County, Md. work comp injury lawyers know families may struggle just to get by in the wake of a work related accident. This is why we work hard to relieve injured Maryland workers and their families of the burden of dealing with their Maryland Workers’ Compensation claims and well as related legal claims and lawsuits.

How much money can a Maryland injured worker expect to receive when filing a Workers’ Comp claim on their own? The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission posted its Workers’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for the New Year. Let’s take a look at a few numbers and consider what that could mean for injured Md. workers and their families.

  • In 2011, the cost of living adjustment for people with permanent total disability went down (by -.04 percent), after decades of yearly increases. That speaks to state of the economy AND the challenges for injured Maryland workers to receive ample compensation to get by. However…
  • The cost of living rate for people with total permanent disability will increase by 1.6 percent for 2012.
  • The Average Weekly Wage of workers covered by Maryland Unemployment for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 is $965.

However, an injured worker should not expect to necessarily receive compensation equal to 100 percent of their salary earned prior to the Maryland work accident. Here’s where things can get very complicated, very quickly.

For example, for Temporary Total Disability and Partial Total Disability, the State of Maryland may award an injured worker, “Two-thirds of the employee’s Average Weekly Wage not to exceed 100% of the State Average Weekly Wage or $965.00.” Rates for Permanent Partial Disability and Temporary Partial Disability are set at varying percentages, and compensation may be awarded for a certain number of weeks (e.g., less than, equal to, or greater than 75 weeks). Death Benefits are calculated with a separate formula considering the deceased employee’s income, state average wage, and family dependents.

Peruse the Maryland Workers’ Compensation documents referenced below, and you’ll get an idea of how quickly things can become complicated for an injured worker in Md. When less money is coming in and medical bills start piling up, injured workers and their families can suffer financial hardship. This is why we strongly urge anyone hurt on the job in Maryland to contact an experienced Maryland Work Comp injury lawyer. We know the players — including the Md. Workers’ Compensation Commission, the insurance companies, and our colleagues in court — and we know how to pursue the maximum benefits allowable by law for our clients.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney article:

How MD Workers’ Compensation Works with a Motor Vehicle Accident Liability Claim


Maryland Workers’ Compensation Rates

Informational Notice: Annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA):
State of Maryland Workers’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Rates (PDF)


Did you know that in the U.S., an average of 12 people die on the job every day? As an experienced Baltimore County work injury lawyer will tell you — no one heads off to work in Maryland not expecting to make it home for dinner that night.

But for people in dangerous jobs, including shipyard workers, commercial truck drivers, farm and agricultural workers, and those in the construction fields, serious and fatal work accidents can and do happen in Maryland.

New Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the U.S. as a whole showed little change in the overall number of workers killed on the job last year as compared to 2009. Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that in 2010, an estimated 4,547 workers died from work-related injuries, down from 4,551 fatal work injuries in 2009. Some improvements…

–Fatal construction work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 10 percent in the past year, with an overall 40 percent reduction in construction work deaths since 2006. Fatal falls — which account for a large number of construction related deaths, were down by 2 percent in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010).

–Homicides in the workplace were down by 7 percent to the lowest nos. ever recorded in this category, however women involved in workplace homicides increased by 13 percent.

–Transportation accidents decreased slightly in 2010 relative to 2009, but still accounted for nearly 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2010. Long haul commercial truck drivers are among those at risk of serious and fatal work-related accidents.

However some industries showed increased worker deaths. For example, fatalities in the mining industry rose last year, in part due to multiple fatality accidents, including the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana and the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in W. Va. In addition, work-related fatalities resulting from fires more than doubled from 53 in 2009 to 109 in 2010. Those are the highest numbers since 2003.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made the following statement: “No worker should have to sacrifice his or her life to earn a living. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act [OSHA] was passed in 1970, the National Safety Council estimated that 14,000 workers died each year on the job. Now, with a workforce that has doubled in size, the annual number of fatalities has dropped significantly. But it’s not enough. We cannot relent from our enforcement of laws that keep our nation’s workers safe. One worker killed or injured on the job is one too many.”

That last statement is echoed by Maryland workers compensation attorneys, who work with grieving families when a loved one is injured or killed on the job in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, or elsewhere in Maryland.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney Articles:

Maryland Workers Compensation: The Top 3 Reasons Employers Tell Injured Workers Not to File (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Them)

Maryland Car Accidents While at Work : How MD Workers’ Compensation Works with a Motor Vehicle Accident Liability Claim

Is Your Maryland Workplace Unsafe? OSHA Announces Plans to Improve Whistleblower Protection Program (Aug. 4, 2011)


Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2010
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release Aug. 25, 2011