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How many on average Americans die from workplace injuries annually? Workplace hazards kill and disable more than 100,000 workers each year—5,333 from traumatic injuries and an estimated 95,000 from occupational diseases.
How many deaths occur each year from workplace injuries? A total of 5,333 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S. in 2019, up 2 percent from the 2018 total of 5,250. The fatal work injury rate was 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, which was the rate reported in 2018.
How many accident related deaths are there in the American workplace every year? There were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019, a 2 percent increase from the 5,250 in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
How many workers died in the U.S. in 2019? 5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 100 a week or about 15 deaths every day.
With 2.8 million nonfatal workplace accidents and injuries occurring yearly across the nation’s private employment industry, about 2.8 people out of 100 get injured at work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number, recorded in 2019, is the same rate reported in both 2018 and 2017.
Workplace Deaths by Event
The leading cause of workplace deaths was motor vehicle accidents. Roughly 40% of workplace deaths occurred in transportation incidents. Other leading causes were fall/slips and trips, deaths from being struck by objects or equipment, and exposure to harmful chemicals.
The leading cause of work-related fatalities
Overwhelmingly, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. Car and truck crashes account for 40% of job-related deaths each year, according to the National Safety Council.
The most dangerous job in the U.S. right now is logging work. Logging workers have a fatality rate of 135.9, which is nearly 50 points higher than the closest second — truly staggering.
Fatal accident as a result of a fall from height
The rate of fatal injury has shown a downward trend but has been broadly flat in recent years. Falls from a height accounted for 25% of all fatal injuries (an average of 34 fatal injuries per year).
Slips, falls, and trips (approximately 27 incidents per 10,000 full-time workers) Contact with equipment or objects (approximately 24 incidents per 10,000 full-time workers) Violence and other injuries that are caused by animals or persons (approximately 8 incidents per 10,000 full-time workers)
2020 Occupational Safety Highlights
The industry sector experiencing the highest fatality rates per 100,000 workers was agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, followed by transportation and warehousing.
The construction industry’s term, the “fatal four,” refers to the four most common causes of workplace fatalities. They include falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and individuals being caught in or pinned between objects.
1. Slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of workplace injuries and are the top reason for worker’s compensation claims.
These health issues, commonly referred to as “The Fatal Four,” are aspiration, dehydration, constipation and seizures. As more individuals with IDD move into community settings, direct support professionals (DSPs) need to be familiar with these common medical conditions.
Most recent traumatic injury data show: 27% of the 888,220 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2019 were related to slips, trips, and falls. 229,410 injuries due to contact with objects and equipment in 2019 were so severe that they resulted in time away from work.
1. Distracted Driving. Without a doubt, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents across the country.
Report: Inadequate risk management the most common cause of accidents.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employer-Related Workplace Injuries and Illnesses News Release, as of November 2020, 2.8 of every 100 workers were injured at their workplace.
This December will be 50 years since Congress enacted the OSH Act, promising workers in this country the right to a safe job. More than 618,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the OSH Act. Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved.
Most of the time, auto accidents are preventable. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that somewhere between 94% and 96% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by some type of human error.
“We found that doctors have among the lowest rates of divorce among health care professionals. While 24 percent of physician respondents had ever been divorced, the probability of being divorced was 25 percent among dentists, 31 percent among health care executives and 33 percent among nurses.
This includes the value of goods or services each worker must produce to offset the cost of work injuries. It is not the average cost of a work-related injury. Cost per medically consulted injury in 2019 was $42,000, while the cost per death was $1,220,000.
The top four causes of construction fatalities are: Falls, Struck-By, Caught-In/Between and Electrocutions.
Back injuries can be extremely painful and long-lasting. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the back injuries of more than 1 million workers account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Much more significant is the fact that the extra speed makes the crashes that do occur far more deadly. Kockelman et al. estimated that the difference between a crash on a 55 mph limit road and a crash on a 65 mph one means a 24 percent increase in the chances the accident will be fatal.