Fewer On The Job Fatalities In The United States In 2011

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Worker fatalities declined in the nUnited Sates in 2011.

Worker fatalities declined in the United Sates in 2011. (U.S. Census photo)

The number of on the job fatalities was slightly lower in 2011 than 2010, according to a new government report.

During 2011, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries, down slightly from a final count of 4,690 in 2010. The statistics are preliminary results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released 20 September 2012.

The fatality rate for U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. That is compared to a final rate of 3.6 per 100,000 for 2010.

During the last three years, increases in fatality counts based on additional information averaged 166 fatalities per year or about 3% of the revised total. Final 2011 CFOI data will be released in Spring 2013.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “We will continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the day.”

13 Fatalities A Day

On average, 13 workers are killed on the job every day in the United States, Solis said.

“Children, parents, brothers, sisters and neighbors all bear an enormous burden when a loved one dies on the job.”

“It’s clear that we must maintain our commitment to ensuring our workplaces are safer and healthier for every American. This is a challenge that must be undertaken not just by the government, but by the entire country,” Solis said. “We know how to prevent these fatalities, and all employers must take the steps necessary to keep their workers safe.”

Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

    – Fatalities  in the private construction declined to 721 in 2011 from 774 in 2010, a decline of 7%. It is the fifth consecutive year of fewer fatalities.
    – Fatal construction injuries are down nearly 42% since 2006.
    – Violence and other injuries by people or animals totaled 780 fatalities, or about 17% of fatal workplace injuries. Included are 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
    – Work-related fatalities in the mining industry (including oil and gas extraction) were down 10% in 2011 after increasing 74% in 2010.
    – Coal mining fatalities declined to 17 in 2011 from 43 in 2010.
    – Fatalities in truck transportation rose 14% in 2011. It is the second consecutive year that counts have risen after reaching a low in 2009.
    – Fatal work injuries increased among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers and among Hispanic or Latino workers in 2011.
    – Injuries declined among non-Hispanic white workers, down 3%.
    – Fatalities involving workers 55 years of age and older and workers under the age of 18 were lower in 2011.
     – Fatal work injuries among workers age 20 to 24 were up nearly 18%.
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