Feds Release Report on Fatal Workplace Incidents

Earlier this week the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2017.  According to the report there were 5,147 fatal workplace incidents in 2017.  This marks a slight reduction in the number of fatal workplace incidents reported for 2016.

The highest loss of life occurred among workers involved in the transportation industry.  The six categories of fatal injuries following transportation death included death by falls, workplace violence, contact with objects and equipment, exposure to harmful substance and environments, and fires and explosions.

A shocking 458 workers were killed as a result of workplace violence.  123 workers were killed in fires and explosions. Another 136 workers were killed in electrical accidents.

The report confirms at the workplace can be a dangerous place.  Tragically, many if not most of these deaths are preventable. In a statement from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “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 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.”

This report follows a report issued last month indicating that there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017. There were 882,730 occupational injuries and illnesses in 2017 that resulted in days away from work in private industry, which is essentially unchanged from 2016.

These reports indicate that t workplace injuries and deaths continue to occur at epidemic levels. At The McGrath Firm we represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of workplace accidents.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a workplace injury, please contact us for a free case evaluation.