Bureau of Labor Statistics Initial 2014 Injury Summary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released their preliminary findings for 2014 and the news isn’t all that great. Among the results reported:

  • 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013
  • The number of fatal work injuries in private goods-producing industries in 2014 was 9 percent higher than the revised 2013 count but slightly lower in private service-providing industries.
  • Falls, slips, and trips increased 10 percent to 793 in 2014 from 724 in 2013.
  • After a sharp decline in 2013, fatal work injuries among self-employed workers increased 10 percent in 2014 from 950 in 2013 to 1,047 in 2014.
  • Women incurred 13 percent more fatal work injuries in 2014 than in 2013.
  • The number of fatal work injuries among police officers and police supervisors was higher in 2014, rising from 88 in 2013 to 103 in 2014, an increase of 17 percent.

Read the full preliminary report here.

Insect Fatalities

According to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 83 people died from insect bites between 2003 and 2010.

21 of those occurred in the state of Texas. Florida was in second place with 8 fatalities. Here’s the rest of the stats:

Table 3. Fatal occupational injuries involving insects by State of Incident, 2003–2010
State Fatal injuries
Total 83
Texas 21
Florida 8
California 6
Ohio 6
Pennsylvania 5
New York 4
North Carolina 4
Arizona 3
Colorado 3
South Carolina 3
NOTE: Data for all years are revised and final. CFOI fatality counts exclude illness-related deaths unless precipitated by an injury event.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with State, New York City, District of Columbia, and Federal agencies, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries


Source: http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-3/fatal-injuries-and-nonfatal-occupational-injuries-and-illnesses-involving-insects-arachnids-and-mites.htm


Revisions to the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Back in April 2013 we posted the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries on this blog. Those statistics were, of course, preliminary statistics. Today, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its’ revision.

You can access the document on the BLS website.

Among the changes resulting from the updates:

  • The total number of contractors fatally injured on the job in 2012 rose to 715 fatalities after updates were included. Contract workers accounted for over 15 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2012. For more information, see the table on contractor data.
  • Roadway incidents were higher by 109 cases (or 10 percent) from the preliminary count, increasing the total number of fatal work-related roadway incidents in 2012 to 1,153 cases. The final 2012 total represented a 5-percent increase over the final 2011 count.
  • The number of fatal work injuries involving Hispanic workers was higher by 40 fatalities after updates were added, bringing the total number of fatally injured Hispanic workers to 748. That total was about the same as the 2011 total (749), but the fatality rate for Hispanic workers declined to 3.7 per 100,000 FTE workers in 2012, down from 4.0 in 2011.
  • Work-related suicides increased by 24 cases to a total of 249 after updates were added. Workplace homicides were higher by 12 cases after the updates, raising the workplace homicide total in 2012 to 475 cases.
  • In the private transportation and warehousing sector, fatal injuries increased by 9 percent from the preliminary count, led by a net increase of 44 cases in the truck transportation sector.
  • A net increase of 31 fatal work injuries in the private construction sector led to a revised count of 806 for that sector. The 2012 total was an increase of 9 percent over the 2011 total and represented the first increase in fatal work injuries in private construction since 2006.
  • Overall, 36 States revised their counts upward as a result of the update process.


2012 Occupational Injuries and Fatalities


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.

Read the complete press release here.

2009 Workplace Fatalities lowest on record

4,340 workplace fatalities in 2009, that’s the official number according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest since official records started to be kept back in 1992. The total for 2008 was 5,214.

The economy is, of course, one of the major factors. With construction and manufacturing down and unemployment up, it stands to reason that fewer workers out on the job sites as well as shorter shifts is going to result in a decline in accidents and fatalities. That isn’t meant to take away from the progress made in making the workplace a safer place.

Some of the key findings of the census which can be viewed here, are:

  • Workplace homicides declined 1 percent in 2009, in contrast to an overall decline of 17 percent for all fatal work injuries. The homicide total for 2009 includes the 13 victims of the November shooting at Fort Hood. Workplace suicides were down 10 percent in 2009 from the series high of 263 in 2008.
  • Though wage and salary workers and self-employed workers experienced similar declines in total hours worked in 2009, fatal work injuries among wage and salary workers in 2009 declined by 20 percent while fatal injuries among self-employed workers were down 3 percent.
  • The wholesale trade industry was one of the few major private industry sectors reporting higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2009.
  • Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 16 percent in 2009 following the decline of 19 percent in 2008.
  • Fatalities among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers were down 24 percent. This worker group also experienced a slightly larger decline in total hours worked than non-Hispanic white or Hispanic workers.    
  • The number of fatal workplace injuries in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations rose 6 percent, one of the few major occupation groups to record an increase in fatal work injuries in 2009.
  • Transportation incidents, which accounted for nearly two-fifths of all the fatal work injuries in 2009, fell 21 percent from the 2,130 fatal work injuries reported in 2008.