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Fatal Workplace Injuries at Highest Level Since 2008

What does it mean that the rate of fatal work injuries has increased? According to…

  • January 7, 2018

What does it mean that the rate of fatal work injuries has increased?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015.

This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.

The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.

Work injuries involving transportation incidents remained the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent (2,083).

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23 percent to become the second-most common fatal event in 2016.

Two other events with large changes were exposure to harmful substances or environments, which rose 22 percent, and fires and explosions, which declined 27 percent.

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