U.S. Workplace Fatalities Reach Highest Number Since 2007
The number of workplace fatalities has reached a new peak, with 5,333 deaths recorded in 2019.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Dec 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a two percent increase in fatal workplace injuries for the year of 2019.
In 2019, 5,333 fatal work injuries occurred, which is the highest recorded number of workplace deaths since 2007.
“With the innovative tools available to today’s employers nationwide, it’s concerning that we’re continuing to see higher numbers of worker fatalities,” said ASSP President Diana Stegal. “Most occupational incidents are preventable given today’s technologies and proven safety and health strategies.”
More specifically, transportation deaths have increased by two percent as well, while deaths from falls, trips and slips increased by eleven percent.
The National Safety Council suspects that the figures for 2020 could be worse due to the pandemic.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.