Labor Statistics Census: Fatal Workplace Accidents Declined in 2017
UNITED STATES – As reported in a story published online at cdrecycler.com, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, released on December 18, 2018, shows that the number of fatal workplace accidents in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017.*
In 2017, 43 fewer people died in work-related accidents than in 2016, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) report. The rate of deadly workplace injuries dropped to 3.5 percent in 2017, compared to 3.6 percent in 2016.
Deadly crane-related incidents and occupational deaths in the private manufacturing and wholesale trade industries also fell in 2017. The numbers in 2017 in these categories were the lowest they had ever been since 1992, when the CFOI was created.
“While today’s report shows a decline in the number of workplace fatalities, the loss of even one worker is too many,” said Loren Sweatt, acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Through comprehensive enforcement and compliance assistance that includes educating job creators about their responsibilities under the law and providing robust education opportunities to workers, OSHA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the American workforce.”
The number of fatalities declined overall and in many individual categories, but the number of opioid-related deaths in the workplace increased in 2017. Unintentional overdoes by nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol in the workplace rose by 25 percent in 2017. This was the fifth straight year when overdoses increased by 25 percent or more.
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