BLS data show job-related fatalities up in 2016
Posted May 1, 2018
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a rise in work-related deaths in 2016. The BLS’s webpage The Economics Daily, which highlights select data, says that in 2016, 5,190 U.S. workers died on the job. This is the highest annual figure since 2008. In fact, there were 354 more work-related fatalities in 2016 than in 2015, a number that equates to one more worker fatality per day in 2016.
Using data from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program, the BLS shows the number of fatal injuries increased in each of the major event categories in 2016, except for fires and explosions. The largest number of fatal injuries in 2016 resulted from transportation incidents, with an increase of 29 from 2015. This was followed by an increase of 94 fatal injuries from exposure to harmful substances or the environment.
The largest increase in fatal injuries over 2015 resulted from violence and other injuries by persons or animals, with 163 more deaths.
The Economics Daily webpage listed the top six workplace events or exposures that led to fatal injuries in 2015 and 2016 as follows:
|Event or exposure||2015||2016|
|Slips, trips, and falls||800||849|
|Contact with objects and equipment||722||761|
|Violence/other injuries by persons/animals||703||866|
|Exposure to harmful substances/environments||424||518|
|Fires and explosions||121||88|
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