Worker Deaths Rose Nationwide in 2016

Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016, which reports 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016 — a 7% increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.

More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about two out of every five fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23%, making it the second most common cause of workplace fatality. The report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32% in 2016.

To help support safe workplaces, OMA offers monthly safety webinars. Here’s the 2018 schedule. 1/18/2018