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Workplace Deaths up 2% in 2014; More for Those in Construction

from U.S. Department of Labor/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Preliminary 2014 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that work-related accidents resulted in the death of 4,679 U.S. workers, 2% more than died in 2013. Other key findings:
  • Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations increased 5%, to 885, the highest total since 2008, rising to 11.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers, vs. 3.3 overall.
  • Fatal injuries among construction-trades workers increased 3%, to 611, the highest count since 2009.
  • Fatal work injuries to construction laborers, the construction occupation with the highest number of fatalities, decreased by 14 cases in 2014, to 206.
  • Falls, slips, and trips increased 10%, due principally to falls to a lower level.
  • Women incurred 13% more fatal work injuries in 2014 than in 2013. Nonetheless, 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.
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