The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the U. S. Department of Labor, released the preliminary results of the “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012” late last week (Aug. 22, 2013) and the good news is that 2012 saw a decrease of 310 fatalities over 2011 (from 4,693 in 2011 to 4383 in 2012). This is the second lowest since these statistics started being officially recorded in 1992.
Some of the areas that the department of labor, OSHA and L&I have been targeting have seen improvement. The number of fatalities in the Hispanic and Latino workers, for example, is down by 5 percent over the previous year.
Work-related suicides also declined by 10% as did non-Hispanic workers (by the same percentage).
A couple of areas saw increases, however, the most notable of which was the “under 16 years of age” category which saw an increase of 9 deaths (from 10 in 2011 to 19 in 2012), almost doubling in a single year. That’s an area that seems to need special attention.
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