Higher Number of Fatal Work Injuries in 2014, According to BLS Data

In April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their revised report with the final count of reported fatal work injuries in the United States. According to their data, there were 4,821 deaths at work in 2014. That number represents 236 more reported work-related deaths than in 2013. This higher rate shows the first increase in the national fatal injury rate since 2010.

Workers age 55 and over incurred 1,691 fatal work injuries in 2014. This figure represents the largest number ever recorded for this group of workers.

The number of fatal injuries among women rose slightly from 2013: 359, up from 319.

In the construction industry, 84 fatal injuries in the electrical contractors group were recorded. Under utilities, 17 fatal injuries were recorded under electric power generation, transmission and distribution.

View the Table that lists fatal occupational injuries by industry here.

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has been compiling an annual count of all fatal work injuries in the United States since 1992.

Their report on 2015 statistics will be released in December of this year.

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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