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Work-related fatality rate increased 2% in 2014

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work-related injuries were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, an increase of 2 percent compared to 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A final tally will be released in spring 2016.

Among key preliminary findings:

  • The 2014 fatality rate was 9 percent higher than it was in 2013 in private, goods-producing industries.
  • Fatal injury rates were higher in mining (17 percent), agriculture (14 percent), manufacturing (9 percent) and construction (6 percent).
  • Fatal injuries among self-employed workers increased 10 percent.
  • Overall, transportation-related incidents accounted for 40 percent of fatal workplace injuries in 2014.
  • Fatal slips, trips and falls increased 10 percent.
  • Among all occupational groups, transportation and material-handling accounted for the highest percentage of fatal injuries.