Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported a positive trend regarding fatal
work accidents: the number of them went down in 2013, at least based on preliminary numbers.
However, there is still much to be concerned about when it comes to occupational
accidents. Here's a by-the-numbers look at workplace fatalities.
4,405: The preliminary count of workplace fatalities in the U.S. in 2013.
3.2 per 100,000: 2013's rate of fatal work injuries.
6 percent: The reduction in workplace injuries between 2012 and 2013, according to
165: The average increase over the past five years in the number of cases included
after the preliminary count.
7 percent: The increase in the number of work accident fatalities to Hispanic or
Latino persons in 2013 over 2012. All other racial groups saw decreases
797: The number of Hispanic or Latino occupational fatalities included in 2013's
preliminary count; the highest total for that group of workers since 2008.
734: The number of fatalities in 2013 who were identified as contractors; a
slight increase over 2012. Contractors accounted for 17 percent of the
workers who were killed on the job last year.
5: The number of workers who died in 2013 who were 16 years old or younger;
the lowest number ever reported in the census.
25-34: The only age group of workers who saw an increase in occupational fatalities
2 out of every 5: The number of workplace accidents that were classified as transportation
accidents in 2013. Around 60 percent of those were roadway accidents.
699: The number of workers killed in 2013 due to falls, slips, or trips.
717: The amount of fatal work accidents that were due to a person coming into
contact with objects or equipment.
21 percent: The increase in fatal work accidents that were due to fires or explosions.
796: The number of construction-related fatal workplace accidents. This industry,
though seeing a decrease in accidents over the year, still accounted for
the highest number of workplace accidents by industry.
20 percent: The decrease in accidents among the oil and gas extraction industry.
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