It is understandable that some workplaces in Wisconsin are more dangerous than others. For example, those who work with heavy machinery or at great heights could see more workplace fatalities than those who work in an office. However, it is important to recognize that any workplace environment could present hazards that could ultimately lead to fatalities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report of the number of worker deaths suffered in U.S. workplaces in 2016 and found that the number rose seven percent from the year before. This is the third year in a row that workplace fatalities have increased across the nation. The BLS noted which types of jobs saw the most fatalities.

In 2016, there were 91 deaths amongst logging workers, while fishers and related fishing workers saw 24 deaths. In that same year, 75 aircraft pilots and flight engineers were fatally injured on the job. Roofers saw 101 fatalities and refuse and recyclable material collectors had 31 fatalities. Sixteen structural iron and steel workers lost their lives on the job in 2016. In addition, 918 drivers, sales workers and truck drivers died on the job. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers saw 260 deaths. Also, 134 first line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers died on the job. Finally, there were 217 deaths amongst grounds maintenance workers.

So, while some workplace environments are more dangerous than others, a workplace fatality could occur just about anywhere. When a worker is killed on the job, their survivors may be able to seek workers’ compensation death benefits. However, since this post cannot provide legal advice to those pursuing such benefits, those who need more information about death benefits will want to seek professional guidance to make decisions that are in their best interests.