According to the most recent report of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary 2016, submitted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the 19th of December, 2017, there has been a consecutive increase of fatal work injuries in United States in recent years.
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 that were reported in 2015.
Most Common Fatal Work Injuries
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 (personal injuries) increased 23 percent to become the second-most common fatal event.
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.
Workplace homicides increased by 83 cases to 500 in 2016, and workplace suicides increased by 62 to 291. This is the highest homicide figure since 2010.
Fatal work injuries from falls, slips, or trips continued a general upward trend. Falls increased more than 25 percent in 2016 for roofers, carpenters, tree trimmers and pruners, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
Overdoses from the non-medical use of drugs or alcohol while on the job increased from 165 in 2015 to 217 in 2016, representing a 32 -percent increase. Overdose fatalities have increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012.
Fatal injuries among transportation and material moving occupations increased 7 percent to 1,388, the highest count since 2007 and accounting for more than one-quarter of all work-related fatalities.
Other occupations with an increase of work related injuries include:
- Food preparation
- Installation, maintenance, and repair
- Building and grounds cleaning
- Police workers and protective service workers (crossing guards, lifeguards, among others)
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