Your go-to place for reliable occupational health-related information.

Work-related Fatality Rate Increased 2% in 2018

  • Published
  • 17 December 2019
  • Category
  • News

There were 5,250 work-related fatalities reported in 2018, a 2 percent increase compared to 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The fatality rate remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

Among key findings:

  • Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal event, with 2,080 deaths accounting for 40 percent of all work-related fatalities.
  • Incidents involving contact with objects and equipment increased 13 percent (from 695 to 786), driven by a 39 percent increase in workers caught in running equipment or machinery and a 17 percent increase in workers struck by falling objects or equipment.
  • Unintentional overdoses due to non-medical use of drugs or alcohol while at work increased 12 percent (from 272 to 305) – the sixth consecutive annual increase in this category.
  • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 3 percent in 2018, including an 11 percent increase in work-related suicides (from 275 to 304).
  • Fatal falls, slips and trips decreased 11 percent to 791 after reaching a series high of 887 incidents in 2017. This decline was attributed to a 14 percent drop in falls to a lower level (713 to 615), the lowest total since 2013.

Refer to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2018 for more data.

Don’t Miss Out

When you subscribe you’ll receive links to blog posts, newsletters, fact sheets, articles, news briefs and videos by email when we post them.