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    Work-related Fatalities Declined in 2020

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    • 16 December 2021
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    There were 4,764 work-related fatalities recorded in 2020, a 10.7 percent decrease from 5,333 in 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The fatal work injury rate was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, down from 3.5 per 100,000 FTE in 2019.

    Here are some key findings from the 2020 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI):

    • The 2020 fatality rate is the lowest since 2013.
    • A worker died every 111 minutes from a work-related injury in 2020.
    • The transportation industry continued to have the highest fatality rate, accounting for 37.3 percent of all work-related deaths.
    • The share of Hispanic or Latino workers fatally injured on the job continued to grow, increasing to 22.5 percent (1,072 fatalities) from 20.4 percent (1,088 fatalities) in 2019.
    • Women comprised 8.1 percent of all fatalities but represented 16.3 percent of workplace homicides in 2020.
    • Occupational suicides decreased from 307 in 2019 to 259 in 2020, the lowest number since 2015.


    CFOI data may include fatal workplace injuries complicated by an illness such as COVID-19. Fatal workplace illnesses not precipitated by an injury are not included in the CFOI.


    Visit this BLS webpage to view all of the data and tables by category.

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