Who Dies from Work Injuries in Montana?

Do you work in Montana? Then your chances of dying in a work injury are second highest among all the states in the country, according to the state's Department of Public Health and Human Services. Most of these fatalities it surveyed were among men and among those aged 45 to 54 years. However, race was not a significant factor in the statistics.

The most common cause was a motor vehicle crash in traffic, with heavy transport as the primary vehicle. So it's no surprise that truckers and delivery drivers were the professions with most of the deaths. Falls came in second for cause and those in construction suffered the second-most numbers of fatalities. Other causes of death included non-vehicular machinery and transportation that was not in traffic, such as all-terrain vehicles. Less than 6 percent of work-related injuries were intentional with 5 percent due to suicide and 1 percent due to homicide.

For non-fatal injuries, the most common cause was a sprain or strain, followed by soreness and pain. Occupations that suffered from these conditions the most were laborers, then nursing aides and medical attendants, and then, carpenters.

If any of these conditions apply to you, then you need to be extra careful at work. Educate yourself on safety regulations and practices that apply to your industry, so you'll know whether your employer is complying. Wear all protective equipment, such as hard hats or seat belt in vehicles. Participate in all training programs designed to promote safety. Report any safety problems right away to your employer, or, if necessary, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Despite your precautions, you may still be involved in or witness an accident, injury, or death at work. If that happens and you have questions about responsibility, the law, or possible compensation, please contact us.