National Safety Council releases 2017 edition of Injury Facts

Data show increase in unintentional-injury deaths

Posted April 26, 2017

Since 1921, The National Safety Council (NSC) has been annually compiling statistics on injuries and fatalities and their associated characteristics and costs in a report called, “Injury Facts®.” The report includes occupational, motor vehicle, home, and community data. The 2017 edition of Injury Facts includes new information on:

  • Leading causes of death by age, race, and sex;
  • Workplace transportation related injuries;
  • Workplace fatigue related injuries;
  • Automobile assistive safety technologies;
  • ATV injuries; and
  • Impact of recessions on motor-vehicle fatalities.

This data is intended to present trends in unintentional-injury deaths through a historical analysis. According to the 2017 edition, the latest data show an increase of over seven percent in unintentional-injury deaths in 2015 compared to 2014. NSC says unintentional deaths are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

The information presented in Injury Facts was compiled from multiple resources, including:

  • State authorities on health, traffic, and workers’ compensation issues;
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics;
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission;
  • Federal Highway Administration;
  • National Fire Protection Association;
  • National Transportation Safety Board; and
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The National Safety Council is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, public service organization with a mission of eliminating deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.

For more information on Injury Facts, visit NSC’s website.


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