Work-related Fatality Rate Rose 5.7% in 2022

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  • 26 December 2023
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In 2022, 5,486 work-related fatalities were recorded in the U.S., a 5.7 percent increase compared to 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. There were 3.7 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

Key findings from the nation’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries include the following:

  • The fatality rate for Black or African American and Hispanic or Latino employees was 4.2 and 4.6 per 100,000 FTE workers, respectively.
  • Fatalities attributed to extreme temperatures increased 18.6 percent compared to 2021.
  • Deaths caused by exposure to harmful substances/environments increased 5 percent.
  • Fatalities caused by people or animal-related violence increased 11.6 percent to 849, including 524 homicides.
  • Transportation, material moving, construction and extraction occupations had the highest fatality rates.
  • Transportation incidents continued to be the most frequent cause of fatalities, accounting for 37.7 percent of deaths.

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