Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2014 Workforce Deaths Highest in 7 Years

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 21, 2016, finalized its data on worker fatalities for 2014, and the news isn't good. The U.S. workplace fatality rate increased for the first time since 2010, and the total number of on-the-job deaths was the highest since 2008.

    According to the BLS 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 people – more than 13 per day – died while doing their jobs. Here's what we've learned about these workers:

    • 4,454 were men and 367 were women
    • Most were between 45 and 64 years old
    • Among industries most affected were construction (899 deaths), transportation and warehousing (766), agriculture (584), government (435), professional and business services (425) and manufacturing (349)

    Most of them – 1,984 – died in transportation incidents, followed by:

    • Slips, trips and falls: 818
    • Injuries by people or animals: 765 (409 of these were homicides)
    • Contact with objects and equipment: 715
    • Exposure to harmful substances or environments: 390
    • Other events or exposures: 149

    Each one of these deaths was 100% preventable.

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Workplace Injuries
by the Numbers

Nearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day – and each injury is preventable. Take a look at these staggering numbers.

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