In 2010, 60 people died in Colorado workplace accidents, and while this is down from the previous year, it is still a very high number. When someone is killed at work, his or her family members can often apply for dependency and death benefits to help cover the individual’s missing wages. Though a family may not initially be thinking about the money that will no longer be coming into the household after the loss of a loved one, the income is often important and death benefits are crucial to helping a family transition to one less set of wages.
The 60 individuals who died in 2010 form just some of the data that has recently been released about fatal Colorado on-the-job accidents. The information also indicates that men are much more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than women. Men worked 56 percent of the hours worked in 2010, compared to women’s 44 percent. During that time, however, 92 percent of the workplace fatalities involved men.
In addition to the disproportionate number of male deaths, fatally injured employees are overwhelmingly from the 65-year-old and older age group. Their rate of fatal injury is 11.5, seven points higher than the second-highest group, employees age 55 to 64.
These statistics are frightening and remind us that some employers do very little to protect the safety and lives of their employees. When businesses fail to take care of their workers, there is an increase in deadly accidents and, thus, applications for dependency and death benefits in Colorado.
Source: Huffington Post, “The Deadliest Jobs In America,” Drew Guarini, Aug. 22, 2012
Our dependency and death benefits page explains what happens when a Colorado family loses a loved one in a fatal workplace accident.