Thirteen workers are killed on the job every day, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The preliminary report, released Sept. 17, outlines fatal work injuries that occurred in 2014.
The Census of Fatal Occupational injuries shows that the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers, equaling the 2013 totals. Finalized 2014 data will be released in Spring 2016. While the preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries represented a 2% increase over the revised count of 4,585 in 2013, there was also an increase in hours worked in 2014.
"Far too many people are still killed on the job - 13 workers every day are taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires.”
Key preliminary findings include:
- The number of fatal work injuries in private goods-producing industries in 2014 was 9% higher than the revised 2013 count but slightly lower in private service-providing industries.
- Fatal injuries were higher in mining (up 17%, agriculture (up 14%, manufacturing (up 9%), and construction (up 6%). Fatal work injuries for government workers were lower (down 12%).
- Falls, slips, and trips increased 10% to 793 in 2014 from 724 in 2013. In this category, there was a substantial increase in the number of falls from one floor level to another: 647 in 2014 from 595 in 2013.
- Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 and older rose 9% to 1,621 in 2014 up from 1,490 in 2013. The preliminary 2014 count for workers 55 and older is the highest total ever reported.
- After a sharp decline in 2013, fatal work injuries among self-employed workers increased 10% in 2014, from 950 in 2013 to 1,047 in 2014.
- Women incurred 13% more fatal work injuries in 2014 than in 2013. Even with this increase, women accounted for only 8% of all fatal occupational injuries in 2014.
- Fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers were lower in 2014, while fatal injuries among non-Hispanic white, black or African-American, and Asian workers were all higher.
- In 2014, 797 decedents were identified as contracted workers, 6% higher than the 749 fatally-injured contracted workers reported in 2013. Workers who were contracted at the time of their fatal injury accounted for 17% of all fatal work injury cases in 2014.
- The number of fatal work injuries among police officers and police supervisors were higher in 2014, rising from 88 in 2013 to 103 in 2014, an increase of 17%.