Fatal Workplace Injuries Slightly Down
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September, 2014 -- Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report on workplace fatalities. In 2013, the U.S. saw 3.2% of 100,000 full time workers killed on the job compared to 3.4% per 100,000 in 2012.
The major causes of workplace fatalities were
- Transportation: Transportation related deaths accounted for 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries.
- Workplace Violance: 753 workers were killed due to workplace violance, including suicide. In fact, in 2013, workplace suicide was up 8% from 2012. There were 397 homicides and 270 suicides.
- Falls, Slips, or Trips: 699 workers died from these injuries in 2013. Falls represented 82% of these fatalities.
- Injury from Equipment: A fatal injury from work-related objects or equipment accounted for 717 fatalities. The causes of these injuries were an object falling on an employee, an object striking an employee, or an employee getting caught in equipment.
- Fires or explosions: Fire and explosion related workplace deaths were up significantly from 2012 - 21%! There were 148 fatalities in 2013 from a fire or explosion compared to 122 in 2012.