Workplace injuries and deaths are on the rise, according to the latest statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reported that over 5000 people were killed in 2016 an increase of almost 7% from year before, bringing the fatality rate to 3.6 workers per 100000 in comparison to 3.4 in 2015.
- The number of fatalities increased by 7 percent over the number of workers who were killed in 2015.
- The BLS reports that extraction workers and first-line supervisors in the construction industry suffered the highest number of deaths at 134
- In 2016, workers ages 55 and older accounted for 36 percent of the workplace fatalities, but 20 percent of the fatalities in 2015.
“Workplace deaths from industrial accidents is on the Rise in the U.S. according to recent studies.”