Latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show an increase in on-the-job deaths, according to this report from the National Safety Council. An analysis of 2014 data shows the U.S. workplace fatality rate increased for the first time since 2010, and the total number of on-the-job deaths was the highest since 2008.
According to the BLS 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 workers died while doing their jobs, which equates to more than 13 people per day. Most of the workers who died were men (4,454) and only 367 were women. Most were between the ages of 45 and 64. Among the industries most affected were: construction (899 deaths), transportation and warehousing (766 deaths), agriculture (584 deaths) and government (435 deaths). Most workers died in transportation-related incidents, followed by slips, trips and falls; injuries by other people or animals; contact with objects and equipment; or exposure to harmful substances or environments. In each case, the workplace death was 100 percent preventable.
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