The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a preliminary report that shows the fatalities among American workers have not declined but it hasn't really increased either.
The numbers for 2010 are very close to what the reports for 2009 showed. Fatalities among workers were calculated out to be 3.5 deaths in 100,000 workers. Within specific industries, there was a higher rate of deaths while other categories of worker deaths actually declined.
Here are some of the highlights of the Bureau's findings:
- The number of self-employed workers declined by 6% to 999 workers
- Workplace homicides declined 7% which is the lowest number every recorded
- Workplace homicides among women actually increased by 13%
- Fatalities in the construction injuries declined by 10% from 2009 and are actually down 40% since statistics of 2006
- Fatalities among police officers are up 40% in 2010
- Workplace deaths caused by fires more than doubled to 109 in 2010 which is the highest tally since 2003
There are many different factors that influence the fatalities in the workplace including the increased number of work hours Americans are putting in on the job. However, the statistics show that still more attention is necessary in regards to workplace safety and that training employees properly is still a key element toward reducing the statistics for 2011 reports.
If you have been injured on the job or a loved one was the victim of a workplace fatality, it is important to consult with our legal team about your rights for compensation. Call us toll free 855-614-4351 to schedule an appointment or use our online contact form for more information.